Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) does not discriminate in whom it strikes, although some are more likely to diagnosed with this disorder than others. Veterans, and those that are victims to child abuse, and other types of trauma can have devastating effects on families, spouses, and child abuse victims and those that are in extended foster care. No matter the cause, the most important factor is seeking all available resources and assistance, including proper mental healthcare. PTSD can effect those young and old.
As the number of those who require care increase I believe we must also require the resources to support those that suffer from PTSD and also those that are close to those who have PTSD. Also importantly as in any caregiver relationship, self-care to is important to ensure that those who live with or have family members that suffer from PTSD have the tools and information to take care of themselves as well.
Removing the stigma from seeking healthcare for this is also vital with President George W. Bush calling to remove this word disorder and replace it with injury or PTS. This is a rational way to view this as foster children who have been horrifically abused or those who have fought in a war would be more likely to be open to treatment and acceptance for an injury rather than a disorder.