The purpose of this literature review is to examine how posttraumatic stress disorder affects veterans’ communication. There is a brief description of how PTSD is developed, how it affects family, marriages, and the parent-child relationship. It also includes descriptions of the co-occurring conditions that can be present along with PTSD symptoms. Recent peer-reviewed articles were researched to find the affects that PTSD and its co-occurring conditions have on interpersonal communication and interpersonal relationships. Researched revealed that PTSD and its co-occurring conditions can have a negative and direct effect on veterans’ interpersonal communications. However, PTSD symptoms and its co-occurring conditions can be slowly alleviated with professional help and with the proper treatment plan.

Keywords: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, veteran communication, co-occurring conditions, interpersonal relationships.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Melynda Conner

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

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