Episode 17: PTSD, Me, and my Family

Stories and perspective told by Tim Hilke.

PTSD, Me, and my Family

As a condition of us staying together, I had to make a few promises. One, that I was going to aggressively and actively seek professional help. Two, was that I was going to seriously and sincerely work on my coping skills and abilities. And three was that I needed to explain to my entire family, my 10 and my 11-year-old sons, my wife and my daughters why I did what I did. – Tim

In recognition of June being PTSD Awareness Month, Host Andy Horning talks with disabled military veteran Tim Hilke. They discuss Tim’s experience being a suicide survivor, living with PTSD, and how these illnesses have affected his wife, their marriage and their life together.

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Tim Hilke via Facebook, and his blog UnshakeableThoughts

VA Mental Health Page

VA National Center for PTSD, also on Facebook @VAPTSD and Twitter @VA_PTSD_Info

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

International Association for Suicide Prevention 

DrugRehab.com Web resource providing information and support to people fighting substance abuse and addiction, including veterans and those who also suffer PTSD.

“PTSD and Marriage: 5 Things Spouses Need to Know”

“Marriage Counseling a Backdoor to PTSD Help”

“Understanding PTSD and its Effects on Marriage”

Living with PTSD: Wives’ and Partners’ Stories

When Mental Illness Strikes: Tips for Couples

“The Dark Side of ‘Comprehensive Soldier Fitness’: Mandatory “resilience training” program for all U.S. soldiers raises concerns.”

Suicide Data Report, 2012 Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention Program 

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2017-06-13T05:51:12+00:00 June 6th, 2017|podcast|1 Comment

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  1. Tim Hilke June 6, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I want to seriously thank you for the honor of being a part of your show. I also want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping to raise awareness and for providing all of the resources you provided. It’s venues like this that will help stop the stigma and effectively assist in people getting the help they need. You are a wonderful organization and I’m privileged to be featured.

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