Having PTSD is really hard, and so many people do not understand what it is like – they may read about it or hear about it more because veterans are being diagnosed with it more frequently, but unless they have experienced flashbacks and panic attacks, hyper arousal and the anxiety related to it— it is hard for them to know what it is like. Multi Me wrote a great blog about some ways that you can help someone who has PTSD.
If you have PTSD then you know how absolutely awful and debilitating it can be. I thought I’d write a post about the ways in which you can help someone with PTSD. Remember this is from my own perspective.
Listen, and validate the persons feelings. We all like to feel validated, it really does help.
Talk about the symptoms. Dont be afraid of them. PTSD is really scary to the person going through it.
If a person who experiences PTSD is going through a flashback, sit with them, and listen, hold their hand, soothe them.
Allow the person to express how they are feeling. Dont minimize the persons feelings or experiences as trivial.
Dont make fun of, or laugh at the persons symptoms. They are very real.
If you are staying the night with the person, and they have a nightmare, help them by getting them a cold drink, or…
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