Daily Do Good: Veteran Writes Children’s Book About PTSD

Retired Army 1st Sergeant Seth Kastle served in the Army Reserve for 16 years and after deployments to Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq, when he returned, he wasn’t the same man. He describes feeling “a fire in his chest” and his anger was raging. He later found out he was struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that affects many veterans.

Once he had a diagnosis, Kastle still struggled to control his outbursts and it was taking a toll on his family. But his wife, Julia, didn‘t give up on him and they found therapy that helped. Eventually, he wrote a children’s story that has been turned into a book,“Why Is Dad So Mad?” It's about a family of lions who work to overcome the lion dad’s PTSD and it helped Kastle explain what he was dealing with to his daughter. And he hopes his experience helps others as well.

He explains, “I hope that other military families have a chance to sit down and explain to their kids that it’s not always going to be easy, but they’ll get through it.”

Source:The Veterans Site

 

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