DEPRESSION, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia.
The road certainly hasn’t been an easy one for Emily Clark since her father, a Vietnam veteran, committed suicide five years ago.
“When he died it was like everything I’d been through during my childhood suddenly became too much,” the 23-year-old said.
“I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and I really couldn’t cope. I didn’t – and still don’t – know where to turn.”
Because of the lack of specialist support for children of war veterans, Ms Clark said she believed there was a great need for a local support group.
She has already set the wheels in motion with her psychologist, Kay Morgan, and is looking for members.
“Sometimes I feel like nobody understands me and I can imagine there are a lot of others out there who feel the same way.
“I can’t express how good it would be to be able to pick up the phone and talk to someone who knows what I’m going through.”
Ms Clark said there were many different things that led to her being diagnosed with PTS.
“I still remember when I actually realised the dangers of war. When Dad went to Timor when I was 13, I was scared for six months straight.
“Then when he came home it was like he would switch off his emotions.
“He was different. I didn’t know how to talk to him anymore.”
Ms Clark said she went to seven different schools growing up and still had trouble maintaining friendships.
“The army is like a culture. Once you’re in there, it’s different.
“If you haven’t lived through it you don’t know. Most of the time I feel like I’m an outsider looking in.”
She said anyone interested in joining the support group could call her on 0466654142.
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