We are built for survival, but sometimes the ways in which we survive — and ensure the survival of our fragile children — have steep costs.
While Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that is most commonly associated with combat veterans, it can result from exposure to any traumatic event, including witnessing a severe medical emergency. Individuals who develop PTSD continue to experience stress as though the trauma is ongoing — and this can happen acutely or chronically.
Through recent research studies, it is clear that PTSD is a factor in the lives of parents, especially mothers, raising children with disabilities.
"Avis Hitchcock, a 30-year-old from Florida, has cared for their parents for six years. Both of their parents have battled two types of cancer, from...