Research Supports the Benefits of Involving Spouses in PTSD Recovery

Many people who are not familiar with PTSD do not understand the impact the illness has on a veteran’s family as well as on the veteran. In fact, one of the classic symptoms of PTSD is a detachment from loved ones. Many partners say that their veteran-spouse is no longer the same person that he or she once was, or that the veteran-spouse no longer wants to be around family or take part in shared interests. In rating veterans with PTSD for disability benefits, VA always will consider the impact on family relationships as well as how PTSD causes interference in the veteran’s employment. Now, we’re learning that involving spouses in PTSD recovery helps all involved.

New research is demonstrating that both the veteran and his or her partner benefit when the partner is integrated into the veteran’s treatment plan. Some spouses may feel like they are part of the problem, or that they are making the veteran unhappy. In addition to improving the relationship, treatment such a couples’ therapy can help correct these unfair misconceptions. It can also help the spouse understand what to expect on the road ahead. Where the spouse is not involved, tension can continue to build, worsening the veteran’s symptoms and making the relationship worse.

Veterans Disability Benefits for PTSD

Of course, if you are suffering from severe PTSD that is affecting your family or ability to work, compensation to help you — and your family — is available. Learn more about VA disability benefits for vets with PTSD. Or contact our veterans disability advocate for assistance with a claim.

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