Caring for Veterans with TBI or PTSD: Why Caregivers May Experience Suicidal Thoughts and How to Seek Support

Science and Medicine: Supporting Those Who Care for Veterans

Family members caring for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at a higher risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts themselves, according to research by Roxana Delgado, PhD, director of the Caring for the Caregiver program at UT Health San Antonio. This is just one of the trends identified in her research, which led to the creation of the Military and Veteran Caregiver Portfolio.

Delgado aims to provide hope for others in similar situations by emphasizing that caregiving may be challenging but should not result in suicidal thoughts. To support caregivers and alleviate feelings of hopelessness and isolation, resources such as the Academy for Inclusive Care have been developed. The Academy trains healthcare providers on how to involve caregivers in the creation of treatment plans, with the goal of improving overall care outcomes.

As a professor at UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing and director of Caring for the Caregiver, Delgado’s work focuses on examining health outcomes among military caregivers. Her efforts highlight the importance of including caregivers in medical practices globally and ensuring that they receive the necessary resources and support to cope with their role as a caregiver. Science & Medicine is a collaborative effort between TPR and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio that showcases advancements in scientific discovery in San Antonio and their impact on global medical practices.

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