Return The Favor: Here's How To Help Your Loved One With PTSD


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"You know that I am here to stay forever." This is something that everyone loves to hear from their near and dear ones. Although, people's wants and needs may differ, but one thing always stays constant and that is you always wish to feel important to that person. Well, I am not saying about getting on your knees and kissing their feet, but do certain little things to remind them. This is a normal scenario, but what happens when you find that your loved one is dealing with PTSD?

First of all, let us know what is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur to any person witnessing life-threatening or traumatic events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents or any kind of physical or sexual assault. Most of the survivors of trauma return to normal given or little time while some people do not go away on their own or may get worse over time. In such cases, what to do? How to help your loved one with PTSD?

Before taking the road to PTSD recovery, you need to understand its symptoms

There are three different kinds of symptoms of PTSD; the first set includes reliving the trauma in one way or the other. For example, all of a sudden your SO becomes upset, especially when confronted with a traumatic upset, especially thinking about the trauma when you are trying to do something else. The second set involves staying away from places or even people that remind him or her of the trauma. The third symptom includes feeling on guard or feeling irritable.

Further speaking about the symptoms of PTSD, your loved one can experience the mixed feeling of depression, worry, intense guilt and most important loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities. In fact, chances are there that this feeling of depression, guilt, tension, worry may lead to physical ailments.

How to help your loved one with PTSD recovery?

Firstly, learn everything about PTSD. Prepare yourself thoroughly, having proper knowledge about the subject will help you in handling the situation carefully.

Exercise together. Chances are there your partner doesn't feel the need of being with you anymore. But don't lose hope, keep trying little things together. Moreover, exercising on the regular basis strengthens the overall body and improves health.

Always be there to listen. Try making yourself available to them, especially when they really need to talk to someone. And make sure that you are an active listener as this gesture of yours will definitely give some positive results in PTSD recovery of your loved one.

Allow room for mistakes. Beware of the fact that they will make mistakes and you need to be there to forgive them and offer help if needed.

Be patient and take care of yourself as well. You won't be taken care of someone else unless and until you don't take care of yourself.

Every problem has a solution and PTSD recovery is no such exception. All you need to do is just hang in there with your loved one and I am sure you will achieve positive results.

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