A husband comes back home from work to his family. He is not coming through the door from his 9-5 work day. No, instead he is returning home from war. He has seen his friends killed and lived with the constant that he can be next. He has killed innocent women and children and cannot imagine his own wife and children being casualties. He brings home the most brutal and terrifying images and memories. Memories replay like movies in his mind that can be triggered by a level of sensitivity to just about anything, haunt and terrify him. The inward and outward experience he relives takes over his everyday life. He suffers from PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What a long day, weeks, months, years at work.
The anxiety, fear, and terror that a veteran suffers due to PTSD can not only affect the person who has lived through war, but it can affect an entire household. It is likely that the destructed psyche and emotional instability of a war veteran would have an effect on the household. Maybe not all at once, but slowly, being around a traumatized veteran will rub off on a spouse and the children without them even being able to control it. For every moment that the veteran will be in fear, for reasons that the family cannot directly identify with, the family itself will start to feel the fear as well. The paranoia and anxiety may start to rub off on them as well.
Children, whom are the most impressionable, will only react to situations the way that they see it. Everything a child fears will easily reflect the fears of their parent. The spouse of a war veteran will take on the stress as well. Perhaps it won’t affect them as severe, but it will significantly affect them. The spouse of the veteran will have to try to rationalize situations for the children. Everyone in the household will have to try to control their environment as much as they can to avoid setting off any triggers in the veteran’s mind. They have to watch everything it is they do and say. That alone creates enough stress. Everything in the home will change. The high levels of stress and tension, anxiety and panic, terror and fear will very likely transfer throughout the house, and it will likely create a torn home.