Post traumatic stress disorder and dating

“In almost every case of PTSD there is a ‘ripple’ effect of secondary trauma experienced by the patient’s partner,” explains Prof Gordon Turnbull of Capio Nightingale Hospital in London, a leading expert in PTSD.

Louisa found that she could cope with Simon’s flashbacks.

“I knew Simon had post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD],” says Louisa, “because when we met he was running marathons to fund charities helping PTSD outreach.

At the time Buckden, who had served as a soldier in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and the First Gulf War, was undergoing cancer treatment.I had to work out, alone, whether I could sign up to a life with Simon in the shadow of PTSD.” Where can couples like Simon and Louisa turn for help?In September 2013 the British Government announced it was investing in mental-health services for veterans and serving military.“And Help for Heroes [the charity for veterans wounded in combat] put Dave on to Combat Stress.But they keep putting off his assessments by months at a time…

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