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PTSD Research: Vets’ PTSD affects mental and physical health of partners

partners of veterans with PTSD showed even greater increases in blood pressure during conflict than the veterans with PTSD themselves

According to the researchers, the most remarkable finding was that the partners of veterans with PTSD showed even greater increases in blood pressure during conflict than the veterans with PTSD themselves, suggesting that these partners may be at similar, if not greater, risk for health consequences from relationship conflict and PTSD as the veterans.

“Overall, we found that couples where the veteran has PTSD showed greater emotional and relationship distress than military couples without PTSD,” says Catherine Caska, a graduate student in clinical psychology at the University of Utah and whose doctoral dissertation is the basis of this research. “The couples affected by PTSD also showed greater increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and other indicators of cardiovascular health risk in response to the relationship conflict.

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