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Is post-traumatic stress related to your current domestic stress?

As the spouse of a military combat veteran in California, you are undoubtedly aware of the many challenges involved in helping a veteran re-adapt to civilian life. If your spouse suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, no one needs to tell you how difficult life can be as the symptoms of this disorder rear their ugly heads in the weeks, months and years that follow return from deployment. Sadly, post-traumatic stress is often a causal factor in domestic violence incidents.

When your spouse came home after serving in combat, you may or may not have immediately noticed symptoms of PTSD. Sometimes, such symptoms do not present themselves until long after the said trauma has subsided. Other times, the mental, emotional and cognitive damages often associated with this condition are starkly apparent from the start. If a post-traumatic stress situation has resulted in your need for domestic violence assistance, you are definitely not alone.

Signs that may have appeared when you first noticed a problem

No two people experience PTSD in exactly the same way. However, as the spouse of a combat veteran, one or more of the following symptoms may be familiar to you:

  • Continual dwelling on and re-living of the traumatic incident in the person's mind
  • Startling at sudden movements or noises
  • Frequent panic or anxiety attacks
  • Unexplained migraine headaches, stomach aches, intestinal problems or other frequently occurring adverse health conditions
  • Difficulty functioning at home, work or school
  • Heightened alertness or caution
  • Refusal to discuss the traumatic topic
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship decline

Even though you are no doubt sympathetic toward your spouse who suffers from a condition related to military service, you also likely understand that domestic abuse is never an acceptable way to deal with such problems. Sometimes, such situations necessitate legal assistance. If you have children and your current problem is negatively affecting their lives, if you are considering divorce or you are worried about your children's or your own safety, you may want to seek third party intervention.

Many concerned spouses are confused or wary of others when determining where to seek support for domestic violence issues. Of course, anyone in imminent danger is advised to seek safety and reach out to appropriate authorities for help in an emergency. Some people in California have also found it very helpful to discuss their problems with experienced family law advocates.

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