I learned more through this book about how triggers from PTSD that people get after they have been through a war experience can affect their daily lives and the lives of their loved ones, and that they are usually completely random. People need to pay attention to their loved one's "anniversaries" that trigger PTSD so they can be better prepared for something that triggers it. I was reminded that people need to be aware that holidays that are happy to a lot of people often cause unhappy triggers in people with PTSD, such as Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
It was amazing for me to learn that a lot of people did not know that their loved ones had the disorder until much after the symptoms presented themselves, although I can see how people can think it was something else. I was a little bit shocked to hear some people describe that living with a person with PTSD is so terrible for them (some reactions are much more aggressive than others), although some of them focused on PTSD being the problem and not their loved ones with the disorder. It was great to hear that people with this disorder should be able to tell their loved ones what it is that they need, and my hope is that will be something their loved ones will be able to give them or at least they will give understanding about why they might need it, even if it's hard for them to offer, or if they are not able to offer it. It is also my hope that more people with PTSD will be able to tell others what they need and that people will offer that to them if they are fair requests.
This is a great resource for loved ones of people with PTSD and I also believe it will be great for people with PTSD themselves to learn more how their PTSD affects others.
My review = 5 out of 5 stars
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Welby O'Brien holds a Masters Degree in counseling (Portland State University) and a teaching degree (Biola University). Author of Formerly A Wife, and Good-bye for Now (Wingspread); contributing author, Shepherding Women in Pain (Moody Press), and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divorce and Recovery. Founder of Love Our Vets support network; wife of veteran with PTSD.