The economic and social cost of depression and anxiety… Awareness is the first step to healing…

by | May 19, 2013

Help Yourself Help Others!  Quoting from this website…

“Military life can present challenges to service members and their families that are both unique and difficult. Some are manageable, some are not. Many times we can successfully deal with them on our own. In some instances matters get worse and one problem can trigger other more serious issues. At such times it is wise to check things out and see what is really happening. That’s the purpose of these totally anonymous and voluntary self-assessments.”

by Infographics
Social & Economic Impact

The above graphic is one of the best illustrations of the depth and breadth of the social and economic challenges of PTSD.  I used it yesterday at my book reading event to honor veterans and families on Armed Forces Day.  The complexity of PTSD requires a big picture view and a consistent message of awareness.  PTSD, the consequence of moral injury in war and other traumatic events in life, is about “what happens to us in these circumstances, not what is wrong with us.”  You can help by becoming more aware of this invisible and inter-generational social and economic challenge for America.  Thousands of soldiers each month are returning home to life after war and need the support of loved ones and resources of local communities to readjust to civilian life.   Those who experienced severe combat need our help to regain their balance so that they can go on to live a happy, healthy, and productive life after war…  Each of us back home must be more aware of the often invisible symptoms of  PTSD so we are better prepared to help our warriors when they return home.

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story (click to purchase my book or download Kindle version)


About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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