Do you know why 25% of the homeless in the US are Vietnam’s veterans?
PTSD – Post traumatic stress disorder. You take these people who have experienced the horrors of war and bring them in and take care of them and then you send them home and, all of the sudden, they are waking up in the middle of the night screaming because they are reliving some of the horror experienced. The spouse has difficulty understanding their behaviour and wants to understand; however, the veteran is unable to explain it, thus creating certain marital issues. By using psychoeducation, we could possibly show them a way to live their lives with less flashbacks and trauma.
-Joseph Rochford, PhD, Mini-Psych School 2009