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PTSD– Can You Catch it?

October 14, 2011

This is not as funny as it may sound. Some of the following ideas have come from the report by Margaret J. Jones & Loring Jones entitled Women, Domestic Violence and  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). To read the full report please go to: http://www.csus.edu/CALST/government_affairs/Reports/ffp32.pdf

The report starts with the premise that “…if Domestic Violence is a disease then it would be declared a national epidemic” based on the number of reported incidents of violence against women. There are “two to four million women of all ages, races, and classes”.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed often by victims of rape, child abuse and war victims. So if we can assume that those with PTSD coming home from a war are more prone to violence to both themselves and to others it is quite easy to make the jump to the spouse on the receiving end of this violence.  This battering in turn, leads to its victim, PTSD Spouse, beginning their own circle of violence which is often directed not to the perpetrator of the violence but toward their children. Thus the children become traumatized and start their own circle of violence. This can come in the form of depression or in many cases “bullying” or the converse becoming the whipping post for others.

Those with PTSD can not afford to sit back and hope that the PTSD will magically go away. It is more likely that the PTSD will seep into the fabric of the marriage, if left untreated. You need to seek a professional mental health care provider.

In conjunction with the therapy, you can come to this site and post. We are open 24 hours a day 36 days a year. This is your chance to begin self help by openly discussing your thoughts, fears, concerns or questions regarding PTSD. Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant.