Before there was PTSD, there was just combat fatigue; men and women were just supposed to forget about it or suck it up.
Many men and women who served in all our wars suffered during their time in combat and many silently for years after their service in WW One and WW Two, Korea, Vietnam, and then Desert Shield. Finally they put a real name and some real treatment together for what had ruined all too many lives years after the combat was forgotten.
Don’t forget, don’t let them down. Think even longer and harder before sending them in harm’s way – please.
While I always felt his PTSD was “justified” in a way, his wife’s behavior after he returned home always seemed bizarre to me.
When talking with her, she’d drone on and on about having “secondary PTSD;” she developed the same symptoms as her husband.
But, I now know that I was wrong
So, maybe it doesn’t have an official name, but spouses of those suffering with PTSD have to deal with a lot. The depression and anxiety can easily be transferred to the “caregiver” and can cause them to suffer through it as well.