Studies show that PTSD in veterans adversely affects the health of their partners

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD in veterans is at an all-time high. Many of those who have sacrificed so much for our country are paying the price in terms of their mental health, and it turns out they may not be the only ones. A new study from the University of Utah suggests that the partners of veterans afflicted with PTSD may face mental and physical health issues themselves as a result. With the affects of post traumatic stress disorder appearing more far reaching than ever, it becomes even more imperative to get our veterans the mental health help they so badly need.

When you think about it, it’s not surprising that the physical and mental health issues brought to light in the aforementioned study are occurring. Few jobs are as psychologically stressful as that of a military spouse. These unsung heroes must deal with almost constant stress while their spouses are deployed and, in the case of veterans suffering from PTSD, even when their spouses return home. With up to 25 percent of the more than 2 million veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experiencing symptoms of PTSD the risk to spouses, and in turn entire families, is reaching epidemic levels.

A Place of Hope is no stranger to treating PTSD. For well over two decades, A Place of Hope’s Center for Counseling and Health Resources has offered innovative and effective treatment programs for PTSD sufferers of all ages and from all walks of life. This includes many military veterans, who have found in The Center’s “whole-person” approach to treatment the tools need to facilitate a long and lasting recovery. Through a personalized, custom treatment plan, veterans can share their unique experiences and look deeper inside to deal with issues of the mind, body and spirit. Gaining a better understanding of the emotional physical, intellectual, spiritual nutritional and relational issues at play has proven very fertile ground in dealing with PTSD at The Center.

No family, and especially military families who have sacrificed greatly for our well-being, should have to suffer quietly with the destructive consequences of PTSD. If the veteran in your life is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, don’t wait until it affects your health as well before reaching out for help.