When one of our loved ones has gone through a traumatic experience, it is not a big stretch for them to be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In a previous blog, we read about the signs and symptoms one may experience to warrant the diagnosis of PTSD. In this blog, we are going to talk about what you can do to help someone who is struggling.
Recovery will not be instantaneous. You will need to be patient with your loved one and keep a positive attitude. There most likely will be setbacks in the recovery process so you must remember to be encouraging.
In order for you to help, you have to understand what your loved one is going through. Educate yourself on the symptoms, treatments and effects. This way you can be prepared for any questions or concerns that may come up.
You cannot help someone who doesn’t want help. Wait for your loved one to come to you. Let them know that you are available to talk when and if they want to talk about what is going on. It is common that people involved in combat don’t like to talk about the event that has triggered the PTSD.
Take Care Of Yourself
You won’t be any good to help anyone if you don’t take care of your own well being. Try not to get overwhelmed or burnt out trying to help others. It’s hard to not take on someone else’s pain when you are trying to help. You need to be able to let things go.
When you are trying to help someone, you may hear things that are disturbing or emotional. You may get mixed feelings about the situation or the loved one you are helping. It is important to remember that this is someone you care about and your main priority is to help them.
If you need more information on how to help someone that has gone through a traumatic experience, contact Peer Support Central and sign up for a seminar or workshop today.