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When someone you love suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it can feel overwhelming. The pain and ongoing suffering that one endures with PTSD can be heartbreaking to watch and can make one feel helpless at times. PTSD can change the way families live and grow together. You may feel scared, frustrated, and angry about what is happening to your family. A lot of the time, people feel confused because they just don’t understand what is happening to their loved one. These are all normal feelings for people who have family members with PTSD.
Families need to learn about PTSD to help them understand what is happening and why their loved one is behaving in the manner that they are. By educating yourself about PTSD, you can help your loved one find the right treatment and learn how you can help them during triggering moments. While we want the best for our loved one who is struggling, we also need to take care of ourselves to help us cope with everything that is going on.
PTSD is considered a psychiatric disorder that occurs when a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This could be a natural disaster, a major accident, war or combat, rape or sexual violence, or even a serious injury. It can occur to anyone of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. Approximately 3.5% of U.S. adults struggle with PTSD every year.
People with PTSD have intense and overwhelming thoughts related to their experience. They may relieve the event through flashbacks or nightmares and feelings of sadness, fear, and anger can surface when they least expect it. Individuals with PTSD may feel detached from other people and try to avoid situations, environments, or people that trigger flashbacks of the traumatic event. They may also have a strong negative reaction to loud noises or even human touch. PTSD can sometimes cause short-term memory loss and have long-term chronic psychological repercussions.
When you see them at their darkest hour, you may feel helpless, but there are many ways you can help them. You can not heal them or take away their pain, but here are a few ways that you can help:
Sometimes we all need a little bit of extra help. For those struggling with PTSD, assistance from a mental health professional can provide some relief they need. Veterans can reach out to the VA Hospital for assistance with their PTSD. If you are unsure of how to receive help for your loved one or yourself, reach out to RECO Intensive to learn how we can help assist you further.
Watching your loved one struggle with the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be heartbreaking and scary. We all want the best for the ones we love, but sometimes we lack the ability and knowledge to provide what is best for them. When someone is battling intense trauma that causes unexpected flashbacks or triggers, we may feel helpless. However, there are many small ways in which you can help your loved one during these hard times. You are not helpless. Your loved one needs you but they may need your help in ways you are just unfamiliar with. This is all normal for families who have a family member that struggles with PTSD. We want to help you help your loved one. Reach out to RECO Intensive today, so we can help prepare you to be a more effective support system for your family member. Call us (561) 464-6533.
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