Spoiled Children of Divorce


Wound, Or Illness?
June 22, 2008, 7:53 pm
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Heard an interesting interview with a psychologist on NPR about the PTSD in the Veterans coming home from Iraq.

For one, I would be most interested in learning the percentage of Veterans who come from Divorced families who are fighting over in the War.  It makes sense that Children of D, with no place to go once they hit Age 18, would join the military.  I also wonder if there is a bigger than normal rate of PTSD among the Children of D.  That’s a lot of stress to load on anybody, but the kids from Divorce have already grown up in Divorce.  Perhaps the advanced military awareness of the condition during this War is a sign of the awareness that Children of D have to their reactions to stress.

The Interview also said that the military was calling the PTSD a wound rather than a mental illness in order to lower the stigma involved in having a weakness, especially in the Military which only accepts Strength.

Of course, Children of D, who grow up in War Zones, can never be diagnosed with PTSD.  They would never be diagnosed with a “Wound.”  That places blame on 50 percent of the parents in the United States. It also places blame on all the psychiatrists and psychologists who have been allowing it to happen without speaking up.  These people as adults will always, always be diagnosed with Mental Illness if the suppressed fears and feelings come up later in life.

Comparison Statistics, I can’t vouch for accuracy.

Rate of Psychological Illness in Iraq War Veterans – 28 Percent? http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-10-18-troops-side_x.htm

Rate of Psychological Illness in Children of Divorce – 25-30 Percent?

http://www.smartmarriages.com/divorce_brief.html

just Statistics related to Fatherless Children: http://www.deltabravo.net/custody/stats.php

Translated, this means that children from a fatherless home are:

  • 5 times more likely to commit suicide
  • 32 times more likely to run away
  • 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders
  • 14 times more likely to commit rape
  • 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  • 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances
  • 9 times more likely to end up in a state operated institution
  • 20 times more likely to end up in prison”

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