Akilika (akilika) wrote in little_details,

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Depression Or Something Like It . . .

Okay, I've got a problem that I'd be more than willing to look up if I knew quite what to look for. I've always been bad with search terms even when I knew what I was looking for . . .

. . . so this is where you guys come in.

We've got a guy, around . . . fifty, maybe? Twin sons, a wife. Biological daughter that he only found out about a couple of years ago. Someone tells me that the creator mentioned him being a house-husband; I'm not sure enough to call it canon, but I'm still using it for my fic.

Now his sons, his daughter, and his wife are all part of an alien-fighting government organization. And so when the Martians invaded (a single battle, for the record, not a drawn-out thing) . . . his sons both died, his wife had a mental breakdown (and, in my fic, she's in the mental hospital; it doesn't seem a terribly far stretch, especially considering she's been there before.) His daughter's still around, though I believe she lives with her boyfriend, so I don't know how much she'll be around.

Basically . . . this doesn't sound like it'll be very fun for him. And I want to figure out what the next couple of months are going to be like for him, but I don't know what I'm looking for. Is it just depression? PTSD? Something else entirely?

And I guess this would be a second question, but . . . would having a dog around help any?

Thanks in advance. ^^

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