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Helping A Loved One With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Helping A Loved One With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder develops differently from person to person. It's quite normal to feel anxious, sad and frightened after a traumatic experience. But if the distress doesn't fade and one tends to feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and excruciating memories, he or she may be suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Here are a few ways to help a loved one with PTSD:

• Learn everything about PTSD as this can help you be better prepared to handle the situation
• Don't take his or her behaviour personally and don't judge them
• Be a good listener by giving inputs when needed
• Offer validation and encouragement by reminding your loved one of all his or her good qualities
• When talking to your loved one with PTSD, stay positive and voice your feelings clearly
• Encourage your loved one to spend time with family and friends
• Encourage treatment as it's vital for recovery
• Try to keep them away from situations that remind him or her of the trauma
• Avoid making harsh remarks and don't tell him or her to get over problems, this may only make things worse
• Give your loved one some space and be willing to step aside every once in a while
• Do not blame the victim as it will only create distance or possibly re-traumatize the sufferer

Keep in mind that your loved one will take time to get better! Hence it's important for you to be patient, understanding and be able to offer a sympathetic ear!

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