Is your loved one suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is a mental health condition that occurs after a traumatic or life-threatening experience, such as a war/combat, sexual assault, accident, natural disaster, or unexpected death of a loved one.
It can be difficult to live with someone with PTSD. Your loved one may experience a range of symptoms that arise anywhere from a few months to years after the triggering event. The PSTD sufferer may act moody, anxious, skittish and aggressive. Some PTSD sufferers may have outbursts of rage. Their emotions can be up one day and down the next.
It’s also common for people with PTSD to withdrawal from family and friends. They may feel disconnected from others and lose interest in activities they used to enjoy.
Watching your loved one’s personality change can be alarming. It’s hard to understand why your loved one is acting so differently and distancing themselves from you. PTSD can also lead to drug or alcohol abuse, job loss, and other issues that can make the situation even more challenging.
For all these reasons, PTSD takes a heavy toll on relationships. As the loved one of someone with PTSD, you may feel scared, hurt, angry, helpless and lonely. It’s common to feel frustrated about how your loved one’s PTSD is affecting the entire family.
To better understand what your loved one is going through, it helps to learn as much as you can about trauma, PTSD, recovery and healing. Also:
When your loved one has PTSD, you want to take action to help. Where do you start? Here are some ways you can support a loved one with PTSD:
When you are emotionally overwhelmed and depleted, you are also at risk for developing secondary PTSD symptoms as you relive the trauma your loved one describes to you. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your loved one.
If your loved one is suffering from PTSD, we can help. Get support from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
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