Recognizing PTS[D] in Your Spouse

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

Post Traumatic Stress. Traumatic Brain Injury. Depression. Anxiety. Introversion. Loss of Interest. Temper. Suicide.

These are some of the things that people tend to associate with military members and Veterans who have challenges during and/or after their service. But, like many things that affect us in the psychological and relationship realms, these signs are but a few of the symptoms recognized in some of our military and Veterans…but not all.

PTS[D] (sorry, but I really do not like the D at the end, no matter what the DSM-V calls it) is as unique as the individual who suffers from it. It is a very personal syndrome that needs those around us to understand. What can you do to help? Again, it is as individual as the person themselves–but the key (IMHO) is relationships.

I wanted to share this article from that discusses how PTS[D] can affect relationships and how a spouse or partner can recognize some of the sign that something has change, something is  not quite right. Please take a read and share it with anyone you know that has a military member or Veteran in their family or circle of friends. in understanding PTS[D] and other related conditions, information is power to make a difference!


Click the photo above to go to the article.

If you know someone who you think may be affected by PTS[D], please call or write the contacts provided in the article. In battle, we do not leave our fellow warriors behind–we can all take the time to make sure that our family members and friends who have served are not left behind in the operation we call life…

Thanks to for covering this important issue!

If you or a loved one is going through crisis, please TAKE ACTION NOW! Contact the Veterans Crisis Line:

  • Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to take with someone right away.
  • Text to 838255 to get immediate help.

These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Click –> Veterans Crisis Line website for more information

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