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Caring for a loved one with PTSD

When someone that you love and care for is affected by PTSD, it can cause a strain on your relationships.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “The symptoms of PTSD can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem-solving. These problems may affect the way the survivor acts with others. In turn, the way a loved one responds to him or her affects the trauma survivor”.

To help someone you love cope with the strain of PTSD follow some of the tips below:

  1. Don’t force them to talk. Often, talking about the traumatic event which caused PTSD can cause more harm than good.
  2. Keep your stress in check. The more accepting and stress-free that you are, the easier it is for your loved one.
  3. Don’t take their PTSD personally. While it may be hard to see someone you love so quiet and angry, keep reminding yourself that these emotions have nothing to do with something that you did.
  4. Learn about PTSD. The best thing that you can do is learn about the symptoms and treatments of a person suffering from PTSD.

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Related: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)