Title: How to Recognize PTSD and Keep it from Ruining Your Marriage
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT
By highlighting signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how the disorder affects a military couple’s relationship, the webinar will dive deep into an issue impacting the lives of many military families. The webinar will be led by:
Allison Perkins – An army spouse and SalutetoSpouses.com editor, Allison has been married to Sgt. First Class John Marlow for 11 years. John has spent a total of 48 months deployed to the Mideast since 2003. Allison has spent time as a journalist embedded with troops deployed to both the Pacific and Iraq. The couple temporarily moved their family to Kuwait in 2005 so that Allison could travel into Iraq and work from the frontlines. Now, John, Allison and their five children, ages 9, 8, 4, 1 and 5 months, are stationed in Hawaii.
Nicole Pukay-Martin, PhD – Dr. Pukay-Martin received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she specialized in couple-based interventions, psychopathology and health problems. Dr. Pukay-Martin is completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Her current research and clinical interests involve examining the interpersonal effects of PTSD and couple-based treatments for PTSD. She is part of a team investigating interpersonal factors involved with the development and maintenance of PTSD. She is also assisting with a trial of Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD versus Prolonged Exposure among U.S. troops.
PTSD continues to be a pervasive condition among veterans. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD estimates 11-20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars develop PTSD.