Imagine everyday, every minute of your life your adrenaline is pumping at high speed. The same feeling you would get if you were in imminent danger. This is what people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder go through. Is PTSD contagious? In a certain sense it is. When a soldier comes home completely different and has the common symptoms of PTSD the soldier’s family will be affected. People adapt to their surroundings. Before the war this family could be perfectly normal because there was never any induced stress or outside factors affecting their mental health. Once the soldier comes home with PTSD the family will at first be confused and scared. Soon they will adapt to their surroundings and become stressful and paranoid just like the soldier acts all the time. When negative factors become a variable in a home there will in turn be negative consequences. The soldier that comes home has trouble relating to his family again because they do not know what he has gone through. This pushes the family apart and will only cause mental instability. Everyone knows that if you have a nervous person around you, you will start feeling nervous too. This is what happened to Caleb’s family and many other families have suffered this same fate.
When a person gets used to one setting or environment, and then is suddenly thrust into a completely different one, there will be part of this person left behind, or unable to let go of the past. In Caleb’s case, he had all of his reactions, emotions, and memories from the battlefield with him at home, and was unable to let them go. Caleb went from an extremely dangerous lifestyle, right into a safe one. He did not know how to adapt or transition back into this safe life. He feels exposed at all times, he just can’t grasp reality. His body is in the present, but his mind remains lost in the past.
Your brain controls you and once your brain is tampered with by outside forces it becomes harder to control your own brain. Brannon and her daughter were perfectly fine, but Caleb came home and his actions were so detrimental to his family that they became nervous and started to pattern what he did. The child’s case is such a tragedy her young mind was morphed because it is so vulnerable at a young age. So is PTSD contagious? Absolutely, the mind is warped by this negative force entering the house and the family begins to survive the only way they know how.