On August 14, Dr. Gary Kaplan appeared on Channel 9’s “Health Alert” segment. He was interviewed about new research on how to help those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by including their spouses or significant others in the therapy sessions.
In addition to reliving the initial trauma, experiencing heightened anxiety, or having disturbed sleep, PTSD sufferers often suffer from other medical problems, such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Combined, these issues can impose an overwhelming burden on a patient’s support network.
Including partners in the treatment program improves communication, leads to more understanding and intimacy between couples, and consequently, helps to sustain stronger, more stable families. This, in turn, supports patients’ recovery from PTSD.