Helping a loved one with PTSD

PTSD is a normal reaction to extreme trauma - some wounds are not visible.

What is PTSD? PTSD is short for post traumatic stress disorder. It is also known as shell shock, combat stress, and battle fatigue.

Any shattering event can lead to PTSD, however some careers can escalate the chances of a person suffering from PTSD. People of all ages can have post-traumatic stress disorder. Some factors may make you more likely to develop PTSD after a traumatic event. It can occur in professions where levels of high risk are involved, such as the Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Armed Forces and the Medical profession. It can also happen to people when the experience an attack, being threatened, abuse, people who are the first degree relatives of those with mental health problems.

Many traumatic events can lead to PTS;, being involved in a fire, flood, a natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, abuse, car accident, life-threatening medical diagnosis, or any time an extreme or life-threatening event occurs.

Here are some links for more information and ways to help.
PTSD - link to Dept Veterans Affairs in the US

PTSD affects people from all ages and backgrounds.

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Helping a friend or loved one with PTSD

  • Encourage them to stay in treatment. If they want to give up and feel as though the first treatment didn't work, investigate others. We all have unique personalities and ways of interacting, but don't give up. Find someone that you can be comfortable working with.
  • Include them in outings
  • Remind them that they can get better
  • Offer emotional support and acceptance
  • Learn how to listen
  • Learn about PTSD so you know what they are experiencing
  • Offer encouragement
  • Watch silly movies, light hearted comedies, anything that will create laughter.