Women and men in World War II were actually given lobotomies . My father was not considered a candidate. but his PTSD went untreated for 50 years, which left our family, like so many PTSD families with this unnamed raw wound.
Almost given a psychic lobotomy, my brother and I stuffed our anger, rage, and resentment of the craziness of our house in a place called “denial”.
I experienced what I now know is called secondary traumatization and of course I became a “saver” a social worker .My brother became an alcoholic.
A study of children of PTSD vets shows that we are more aggressive, prone to hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and use of opiates among other behavior problems. My brother and I had many of the above.
So when you the GCM or aging life professional approach a PTSD World War II family’s -, you are working with a highly specialized type of dysfunctional Family.It is thought that over 25%- 50% of WWII vets had combat neurosis or PTSD.
You need ,as always, to take the ‘ whole family approach” but have the tools to enter this family. To get help for the PTSD veteran, you have to work with the traumatized adult children, who probably have anger management, alcohol, opiate, rage resentment problems from growing up in a PTSD family.