One stays behind and the other enters a combat zone. For civilian spouses, the stress and anxiety of watching their military husband or wife or significant other suffer from depression, PTSD, and substance abuse brought on by the horrors of battle or the demands of military life can be overwhelming. You may be asking yourself how you can be supportive and what your role is within the relationship and your family.
As the spouse, you could also be watching your military wife or husband spiral ever deeper into mental illness, which is often accompanied by alcohol or substance abuse, is and sometimes accompanied by violence.
While you can’t cure your spouse, you can do as much as possible to keep yourself healthy and able to deal with raising children or preventing yourself... Continue reading →