Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric illness that can result in violent mood swings and impaired decision-making, typically affects soldiers who engage in combat. Veterans who have endured trauma are susceptible to developing the illness, but there is currently no cure. For the loved ones of these individuals, everyday life can be a struggle.
Alexis Lane of Chapin, South Carolina knows what it is like to live with a veteran who is suffering from PTSD, according to WLTX. When her husband returned home from the war, Lane could no longer touch him, kiss him or do anything to probe his disorder. She suffered bruises from being choked in the middle of the night and thrown over couches as a result of his PTSD.
While enduring the symptoms of her husband’s condition, Lane told the news source that she wished there had been a book to consult on how to cope with the situation. After going through it herself, Lane has now started writing a book to help other families struggling with PTSD.
Approximately 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Counseling and antidepressants may be able to help individuals who have endured trauma.