Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Helping a Loved One with PTSD

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Battlefields have and always will change people. Some come out of it stronger and more appreciative towards life, but unfortunately, a great number of veterans end up with a permanent scar in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. If one of your family members happen to be diagnosed with this psychological illness, here are a few things you can do:

  • Understand that they are suffering. PTSD can cripple sufferers from being able to do activities that they might have loved before.
  • Fight with, not against them. Constant care should go hand in hand with understanding. Give them all the medical help and emotional support they need during this troubling time.
  • Encourage contact. Don’t let the family and friends veer away from a loved one because of his condition. In most cases, this will only cause depression.
  • Know the problem. Brush up on PTSD facts; listen to what psychologists have to say about helping your loved one weather the storm that’s constantly brewing in his heart.
  • Find others. Your loved one isn’t the only person suffering from PTSD. Look for other people like him whom he could speak and relate his experiences to.
  • Get professional help. Look for a reliable veterans’ disability lawyer who can help you get the government benefits that your family member deserves.

People with PTSD have never truly finished fighting the war. With your help though, they can take baby steps to eventually reign victorious over their condition.


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