PeerSupportCentral.com was created for the sole purpose of providing consulting, training and development courses and resources for First Responders, Military Professionals and Corporate Leaders in the areas of critical incident stress management, critical incident trauma response, peer support, and leadership challenge preparation. When someone you care about suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it affects you, too, and we understand this. PTSD support is a crucial step for anyone dealing its symptoms and the changes in your loved one can be downright terrifying.

PTSD can take a heavy toll on friends and family members, and relationship difficulties are common. It can be hard to understand your loved one’s behavior—why he or she is less affectionate and more volatile. You may feel like you’re walking on eggshells or living with a stranger. You may even be afraid of the person. The symptoms of PTSD can also result in job loss, substance abuse, and other stressful problems that affect the whole family. It’s hard not to take the symptoms of PTSD personally, but it’s important to remember that the person may not always have control over his or her behavior.

Tips for supporting someone with PTSD:

  • Be patient. Above all, they need your patience. Getting better takes time, even when a person is committed to treatment for PTSD.
  • Educate yourself about PTSD. The more you know about the symptoms, effects, and treatment options, the better equipped you’ll be to help your loved one, understand what he or she is going through, and keep things in perspective.
  • Don’t pressure your loved on into talking about it. It can be very difficult for people with PTSD to talk about their traumatic experiences.
  • Take care of your emotional and physical health. As the saying goes, put on your own oxygen mask first.
  • Remember, social support is vital to recovery.