Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, what is it really? The initial reaction to this disorder would be stress that has been over exerted and caused a traumatic experience. Kay Jankowsi (2010) verbalized that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be traced back to ancient times. Documentation in the historical medical literature started with the Civil War, where PTSD-like disorder was known as “Da Costa’s Syndrome (Jankowsi 2010). Jankowsi (2010) proclaims that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events (gospelassemblyfree.com). Jankowsi (2010) correspondingly goes on to list military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, and violent personal assaults like rape to be reasons for PSTD (gospelassemblyfree.com).
Unless one has endured any of these traumatic situations, they will never comprehend what it is like to deal with PTSD. Life is going to be difficult for people dealing with PTSD. They often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged (Jankowsi 2010). People dealing with PTSD are going to struggle with reality in everyday situations but, what about the people who has to deal with them, the family in general? How are they going to react?
BJC Health Care’s reflection on post-traumatic stress disorder and families expressed that post-traumatic stress disorder changes how a trauma survivor feels and acts (bjc.org). Therefore, traumatic experiences that happen to one member of a family can affect everyone else in the family (bjc.org). How can one’s affliction with PTSD affect the family? Granted, PTSD is contracted through a traumatic experience but, that moment is only experienced by the person who was in direct relation to the disorder. So, why are family members feeling the effects of PTSD?
According to Jankowsi (2010), living with an individual who has PTSD does not automatically cause PTSD but, it can produce vicarious or secondary traumatization. Whether family members live together or separately or remain in contact, can affect family members (gospelassemblyfree.com). Not only do family members struggle to figure out the best way to offer their support but, now there is a possibility that they will receive PTSD symptoms indirectly. One has to imagine the support system for a family member dealing with PTSD. Doctors, mothers, fathers, children, cousins, and friends all play a part during the recovery however, one has to feel that there is only so much that one can do.
BJC Health Care accredits sympathy as being one of the methods in which family members strive to help PTSD afflicted kin. People feel sorry that someone they agonize about is suffering from symptoms of PTSD. BJC Health Care also avows that traumatized people receiving sympathy can be helpful, especially after the traumatic event. Although showing sympathy for PTSD family...