PTSD – Kevin Buttari

PTSD is, with out a doubt, a very serious and complicated mental condition.  It can cause an immense amount of stress in the lives of a vet and his or her family.  Some spouses of veterans can develop second PTSD, which can be almost as bad.  Some people have thus dubbed PTSD “contagious”, and, while I agree that it can be passed on in a way, I believe the word “contagious” is being used a bit loosely.  Unfortunately, like secondhand smoke, secondhand PTSD can be just as devastating to a person as the real deal.  Now, you might be confused as to how this is passed on from one person to another.  I think it has a quite simple explanation.  If you’re around someone you deeply care about, and they are incredibly stressed out about something, and it ends up being partially take out on you, you’ll start to develop stress as well.  The same can go for the effects of PTSD.  A person can develop some of the habits and mannerisms of their spouse.  It’s not technically contagious, but it can definitely rub off on people you’re constantly around.

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3 Responses to PTSD – Kevin Buttari

  1. kovnat77 says:

    (add a new paragraph right before this)
    “Many are unsure as to how this is passed on from one person to the next, but when you are around someone you deeply care about, and they are incredibly stressed out about something, it ends up rubbing off on you, and begins spreading the seeds of stress within your own mind. “

  2. lebano55 says:

    This sentence could use a rewrite.
    “If you’re around someone you deeply care about, and they are incredibly stressed out about something, and it ends up being partially take out on you, you’ll start to develop stress as well.”

  3. davidbdale says:

    I agree with Steve. Here’s my version of your sentence:
    Living with a traumatized spouse is extremely stressful.

    If you’re interested, Kevin, I have similar suggestions for the rest of the paragraph. 🙂

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