“I stop shaving and eating, and I withdraw from my friends.
“I knew they would tell me to leave Simon, as I would them.
So I left for a two-month break in the countryside.
The “invisible wounds” of combat-related PTSD affect not only the soldier or veteran, but also those around him or her.
According to American and Israeli studies, veterans with PTSD are three times more likely to divorce than veteran counterparts not diagnosed with PTSD and are more likely to perpetrate physical and psychological aggression against their partners, with rates as high as 63 per cent for some forms of physical aggression in the past year.
The Mo D told me: “We are committed to giving everyone who serves in our Armed Forces all the support they need.