PTSD AND COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS (PART 1)

For many of us the holidays are a time of family, love, joy and celebration.  But for those with histories of loss or trauma, the holidays can become times of sadness and disappointment – times we would rather skip than experience.  This is especially true for those with combat-related PTSD.  For many sufferers of this condition, the holidays bring about feelings of frustration and even dread.  And while the season may be problematic for the veteran, it can be even worse for spouses, family members and, most importantly, for children of the veteran.

But you can deal with and even enjoy the holiday season. In this series of articles we’ll show you how to do it.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

In our book, I Always Sit with my Back to the Wall, my co-author Chrys Parker and I discuss in detail the