Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Family and Community
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can harm your relationships with your family and community. Feelings of anger and depression and not wanting to deal with people can make it hard to connect with them. Pay attention to how you act with your family and try not to pull away. Your relationships can make a big difference in your recovery from PTSD.
Here are things you can do to help yourself, your family, and your community better understand and deal with PTSD.
- Reference Know when to get crisis help. Sometimes you need help right away. This may be the case when you have had thoughts about suicide or if anger turns to rage.
Reference Help your family.
Your family plays an important part in your recovery from PTSD. But you also
have to help them. This means:
- Talking to your family about PTSD and what it does to you.
- Talking to your kids. Be sure they know they aren't to blame.
- Talking about your triggers. Triggers are places, sounds, and sights that can cause symptoms. They can be locations, social events, or holidays.
- Know that Reference life transitions, even positive ones such as getting married, having a baby, or starting a new job, can cause stress and result in more PTSD symptoms.
- Know that Reference your relationship to your community can be changed by PTSD.
Your family and community are part of your recovery. Do as much as you can to work with them. With knowledge, your family and community can better help you.
One Man's Story:
"Talking about it with my wife is getting easier. The more I talk about it with people, the better."—Tim, 28
What can others do to help?
- If you care about someone with PTSD, here's
Reference what you can do to help.
- Learn what you can about PTSD. The more you know, the better you can understand what your loved one is going through.
- Help your loved one make friends and form a social network.
- Learn how to deal with anger. Both you and your loved one may be angry at times.
- Learn the best way to talk with your loved one. Be positive when you can. Don't give advice unless you are asked.
- Take care of yourself by taking time for yourself and having your own support system.
Many people with PTSD are depressed. For information on how to help with this, see:
- Reference Reference Depression: Helping Someone Get Treatment.
- Reference Reference Depression: Supporting Someone Who Is Depressed.
Your family and community are part of your recovery. Do as much as you can to work with them. With this knowledge, your family and community can better help you.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 13, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder