News Release: New Tip Card Helps Service Members and Veterans Explain PTSD to Their Children
April 23, 2012
Youngsville, NC – Lash & Associates Publishing/Training Inc, leading publisher on brain injury, has published a new tip card for veterans and their families on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and parenting. This tip card is an essential piece of information for families with so many returning service members, many of whom will show symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Whole families can be affected by PTSD. While attention usually focuses on helping and treating the service members and returning soldiers, the effects on children are often overlooked.
This tip card helps 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 for parents on how to best explain to children what is causing the changing behaviors and emotions of a 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, children in the family may wonder if the parent still loves them. It is important to remind them that that PTSD is not caused by something the child did, but rather caused by a traumatic event.
This tip card talks directly to parents about how to help 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.