21 March 2019 Savannah, GA, USA

3 Easy Ways To Support A Friend With PTSD

We have all heard of depression and anxiety. These mental health disorders have been heavily focused upon in the media, and rightfully so, to break down the stigma attached to mental health, asking for help and talking about problems. Another disorder that affects millions of people is PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. Often triggered by a traumatic event, situation or memory, people who have PTSD can find themselves reliving a stressful and traumatic scenario again and again. This leads to them having flashbacks in the middle of the day, suffering terrible memories triggered by certain noises or smells, panic attacks and nightmares. The memory is all-consuming and leads to sufferers being unable to lead a normal life. If you know somebody with PTSD, how best can you help?


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Veterans

Many people who have left the armed forces, whether through injury or retirement suffer from PTSD. For many, this can be a stumbling block in becoming reintegrated into society in a meaningful way. Morphing back into civilian life can become difficult because of thoughts about these traumatic memories are on the front line. If you know a veteran who is suffering, you need to encourage them to find a counselor to talk to. You are not qualified to deal with their mental health problems. While a listening ear can be supportive, professional guidance is needed. Should their PTSD prevent them from finding employment as a civilian, help them fill in a VA form 21-8940 which will explain to the relevant government department their need for increased benefits. As a friend you want to ensure that your friend is on the mend, so call every day and just be there for support.

Don’t Let Them Become Isolated

Having PTSD is a very lonely mental illness. No one fully understands the trauma that they went through so cannot fully understand their condition. While you may never understand why they are suffering, you can help them live in the here and now. When they are enjoying moments of clarity, ensure that you give them a call, invite them out for coffee, or pop around with a pot roast for dinner. Don’t allow them to feel physically alone. Make it clear that you still value their friendship and that they still play an important part in your life. Doing this can help negate their feelings of loneliness, worthlessness and hopelessness.

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Refocus

It’s all too easy to suggest getting your friend outdoors, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying some physical activity. This is easier said than done. However, if you can get your pal moving, active and enjoying exercise whether this is a half marathon or a simple walk in the park, you will be helping their endorphins kick in and helping their happy hormones surge. Consider working on a goal together like swimming or taking a daily walk.  Having something else to focus on can alleviate some of the symptoms like flashbacks and panic attacks.

PTSD can be a debilitating condition, but with your help, you can help a friend recover and live life to the fullest once again.

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Until Next Time...  

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