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Post-Traumatic Stress

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Everyday experiences can remind someone of scary situations from their deployment. Discover more about PTSD and how to cope with a parent who has PTSD...

Post-traumatic Stress, Josh and Zach's Dad

Watch these animated stories of 16-year-old Josh and his 10-year-old brother Zach. Their dad came home from deployment and showed signs of post-traumatic stress. At first, Josh didn’t know what was happening. After he did some research into post traumatic stress he better understood what was going on. Zach wanted to do everything with his dad that he did before.  He didn’t understand what was happening. Learn how their family adjusted to their new life together.

What Helps

If you suspect or know that your parent has posttraumatic stress disorder you will learn a lot from these videos of military kids. 

  • Learning more about PTSD and how it can affect a person.
  • Watch these Whiteboard Videos on the National Center for PTSD
  • Brainstorming ideas about new ways to enjoy family time.  PTSD affects the types of activities your parent can do and they are likely different from before.
  • Figuring out ways to spend one-on-one time with your parent. Just because your parent can’t do the same activities from before doesn’t mean there aren’t new things you can do together.  Keep thinking of ways you can grow your relationship.
  • Asking questions.  There can never be too many questions.  Certainly it is helpful to ask your parents but there are other options as well: a school counselor, therapist, doctor.  Check out this mobile app PTSD Family Coach 


In Our Own Words

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