By: Stan Popovich
Do you know someone who struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and you don’t know how to help them?
If so, here are 7 tips on how to help the person cope in these kinds of situations.
1. Learn as much as you can about PTSD: There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with PTSD and other mental health issues. Share this information with the person who is having a difficult time.
2. Be understanding and patient with the person who is struggling: Dealing with PTSD, depression, and anxiety can be difficult to manage. Do not make things worse by getting into arguments with someone who is suffering. Yelling will only make things worse.
3. Talk to the person instead of talking at them: It is important not to lecture the person who is struggling with PTSD. Talk to the person about their issues without being rude. Most people will listen if you approach them in a proper manner. It is also important to listen to what the other person has to say so you get an idea of where that person is coming from.
4. Find out the reasons why the person won’t get help: Some PTSD sufferers may not want to get help for various reasons. If this happens, find out the reasons why that person won’t talk to a counselor. Addressing a person’s issues and fears of getting assistance will go a long way in convincing them to get treatment.
5. Getting help is not a sign of weakness: Some people may think that getting help is a sign of weakness. In this case, remind the individual that everybody learns new things on a daily basis. Encourage the person who is struggling that there is nothing wrong with learning something new in their life.
6. Find a local PTSD group: It is important to get the individual who is struggling to join a local support group so they can get advice from others who are in the same boat. Many people who are struggling with PTSD will be better able to relate to those who may have similar experiences and insights.
7. Dealing with the bad dreams: Many people dealing with PTSD may get nightmares regarding their past experiences. It is not easy to stop the nightmares, but you can start to reduce the frequency of these dreams by talking to a mental health counselor on a regular basis.
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