Many people with PTSD or “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” develops after a person is faced with a traumatic experience such as warfare, being seriously injured, or assaulted. The illness is characterized by flashbacks and numbing or blockage of memories surrounding the traumatic experience. People with this illness often live in a state of intense, and sometimes debilitating anxiety and/or fear that can interfere with leading a normal life. When people feel helpless about their situation and permanently traumatized, they may turn to suicide.
*How to help them have a normal life again:
~1~ Provide social support: It’s common for people with PTSD to withdraw from friends and family. You can’t force your loved one to get better, but you can play a major role in the healing process by simply spending time together.
~2~ Be a good listener: While you shouldn’t push a person with PTSD to talk, if they do choose to share, try to listen without expectations or judgments. Make it clear that you’re interested and that you care, but don’t worry about giving advice. It’s the act of listening attentively that is helpful to your loved one, not what you say.
~3~ Make them feel safe: Trauma alters the way a person sees the world, making it seem like a perpetually dangerous and frightening place. It also damages people’s ability to trust others and themselves. Anything you can do to rebuild your loved one’s sense of security will contribute to recovery.
~4~ Deal with them gently: PTSD can lead to difficulties managing emotions and impulses.
YOU CAN MAKE A CHANGE.
YOU CAN CHANGE THEIR LIFE.