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Welby O'Brien

Welby O’Brien loves her Veteran husband as they face the daily challenges of PTSD. With a Masters Degree in counseling, she leads the LOVE OUR VETS PTSD Family Support network.

Posted 7/21/15 at 12:05 PM | Welby O'Brien

PTSD: 3 Questions Loved Ones Ask

PTSD is rampant, and inevitably almost every counselor, therapist, ministry leader or anyone may at some point be sought out for help and support by a loved one of someone struggling with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The needs and cries of the spouses, family members and all other loved ones are intense and unique, and unfortunately too often overlooked.

As the wife of a Vietnam veteran who has wrestled with PTSD for over four decades, I know well the agony – along with hope – of the loved ones. Sharing from my own experience, as well as from thousands of others in our LOVE OUR VETS – PTSD Family Support network, here are the three most common (and often desperate) questions asked by loved ones. FULL POST

Posted 7/9/15 at 9:25 PM | Welby O'Brien

PTSD Awareness & Resources: What's Missing?

PTSD Awareness and Resources: What's Missing?

by Welby O'Brien

The month of June was dedicated to PTSD Awareness. Thankfully for the first time in our history, there is an abundance of information about PTSD and help for those who struggle with it (which just in the U.S. alone is millions!). So why then are so many – including all their loved ones around them – still seriously suffering? I think I have an answer to what may be missing.

In this age of “political correctness,” too many tend to cower, and as a result sometimes helpful solutions get suppressed. So today I am stepping out and sharing my personal take on what I believe truly can make a difference. It IS possible that good things can come out of the PTSD, and those who have it and those who love someone with it can truly live fulfilling lives (not perfect, but alive and growing.)

It has been said that the only thing worse than the horrendous trauma itself (which can happen to ANYONE!), and living with the Posttraumatic Stress for the rest of one’s life, is experiencing it all alone. For most, the moment of terrorizing trauma was a frightening feeling of aloneness, helplessness and hopelessness. The utter absence of help, hope, comfort and companionship. FULL POST

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