Back from the Front: Combat Trauma, Love, and the Family

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The trauma of war can affect not only the warriors, but their partners and children as well. The purpose of this book is to help you (and your veteran) better understand combat trauma and its possible effects on intimate relationships and family life and to guide you to resources that can help strengthen every member of your family. The beginning chapters provide basic information about combat trauma and how it can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other forms of emotional pain. The ...
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Overview

The trauma of war can affect not only the warriors, but their partners and children as well. The purpose of this book is to help you (and your veteran) better understand combat trauma and its possible effects on intimate relationships and family life and to guide you to resources that can help strengthen every member of your family. The beginning chapters provide basic information about combat trauma and how it can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other forms of emotional pain. The remaining chapters focus on some of the most common problems confronting families of combat veterans: emotional numbing, sexual difficulties, anger, and guilt. There are also chapters on family violence, children, women veterans, and military couples and sections on how to cope with anger and depression, how to find helpful organizations and books, and how to communicate effectively on difficult issues.
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Editorial Reviews

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As the Iraq war continues, this book is a timely reminder that the effects of combat can be far-reaching. A well-published authority on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Matsakis (Vietnam Wives: Facing the Challenges of Life with Veterans Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress) writes from the viewpoint of a spouse/partner of the afflicted veteran. Composite sketches of patients drawn from her 30 years of clinical experience are combined with relevant research on veterans of the most recent wars to form an authoritative and accessible review. Initial chapters describe the nature and symptoms of PTSD before the author goes on to cover common problems of affected veterans and their families, e.g., emotional distance, sexual difficulties, domestic violence, and suicide. The issues facing women veterans and military couples are also mentioned, though research is sparse on these topics. Readers will find therapeutic options and realistic expectations for the healing process in the final hopeful chapter. Extensive notes, resources, and astute advice on communication are also included in this valuable compendium. Highly recommended for specialized mental health collections where it will be useful for veterans' families and counselors.
—Antoinette M. Brinkman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886968189
  • Publisher: Sidran Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 960,859
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D., has worked as a counseling psychologist with veterans and their families for over thirty years and has authored twelve books and numerous articles on an array of psychological topics including post-traumatic stress, clinical depression, women's issues, guilt, grieving, relationships, the psychological impact of physical disability, and the impact of trauma on the family members and friends of survivors of sexual or physical assault, suicide, combat trauma, family violence, vehicular accidents, natural disasters and other life-changing events. She resides and practices in suburban Washington, D.C.
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