Youngsville, North Carolina (PressExposure) December 15, 2011 -- Lash & Associates Publishing/Training Inc, leading publisher on brain injury, has published a new tip card for veterans and their families on PTSD and PARENTING. This tip card is an essential piece of information for families to have. With so many returning veterans, many of whom will show symptoms of post traumatic stress, we know whole families can be affected by PTSD. Attention is usually focused on helping and treating the service members and returning soldiers. The effects on children are often overlooked. It is important to help children understand the symptoms of PTSD and the effects on their parent's behavior and emotions. This valuable resource is loaded with tips and strategies on how to best explain to children what is causing the different behaviors of the parent with PTSD.
Children of any age can become upset seeing PTSD symptoms. The parent often is more emotional, irritable, and quick-tempered. Or the parent may be depressed and totally withdraw, choosing to spend time alone. When the parent is anxious, has trouble sleeping and acts angry a lot of the time, the children in the family may wonder if the parent still loves them. It is important to remind them that mom or dad is readjusting to home life and that PTSD is not caused by something the child did, but rather caused by a traumatic event.
Children's behavior and social interactions can change when they are confused or troubled by how "different" their parent is now. They can have more problems with school and relationships, exhibiting more agressive behavior.
This tip card talks directly to parents about helping their children understand PTSD and offers tips on how to recognize the symptoms of emotional distress in children of all ages. It also talks about what to do to help them overcome some of their fears and anxiety about their parent. By applying some of the strategies in PTSD and PARENTING, and understanding how PTSD affects the entire family, life can and will move forward.