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Communicate Your PTSD with Family

How to Communicate Your PTSD with Family 

A lot of people find that it is far easier to talk about post traumatic stress disorder with strangers in therapy, than it is to admit to being unwell to their family. There is still a lot of stigma about mental illness like PTSD, which can mean that you worry about their reactions because you already know what they are like, and how they view mental illness in general.

However, it is important to let those closest to you know when you are diagnosed with PTSD. If they don’t, they won’t understand what you are going through and they won’t be able to help you. They might be angry or hurt because of the way you are acting without realizing that you are doing it because you are in pain. Here are some ways it can be done.

Understand PTSD Yourself

Before you can inform your family about your condition, how it affects you, and what they can expect, you need to understand it fully yourself. Since this condition is often misunderstood, it is best to speak to your doctor or therapist to gain more insight, rather than relying on the Internet or on hearsay from others.

When you are diagnosed, you might be confused and upset, so take some time to think about all the questions you want answered before making a follow up appointment to discuss everything through.

When you have a good understanding of the condition, you will be more confident when it comes to telling your family about it, and you will be in a better position to answer their questions — which they are sure to have. 

Know Who to Tell First

There will be one, or maybe more, members of your family who you know you can trust and will support you. Seek these people out and tell them first. This means a friendly face will be there for you no matter what. Having a positive reaction when you first tell someone can make all the difference, and it will give you the confidence to tell others who you think might not be as understanding (although remember, they might surprise you and could react much more positively than you imagined).

Not only that, but if you have your support network around you when you tell others, they can reassure everyone that all is well even if you are finding it hard.

Make Time

Telling your family about your PTSD diagnosis is not something you can do quickly in a couple of minutes or on a quick visit as you’re passing by. Neither should you do it by text or email. It’s best to sit down with them if you can, and talk to them about exactly what has been happening in your life and what is going on now with your mental health.

Therefore, make time to do this. Don’t rush the process or they might come away feeling bewildered and confused. Make sure there is time for them to get a deeper understanding and ask questions if they think of any. 

Try a PTSD Injection Treatment

Discussing what you’re going through can be difficult with others who are not going through the same thing. That is why many people with PTSD tend to hide away from their own families and isolate themselves. A new PTSD breakthrough injection, known as the stellate ganglion block for PTSD, can be the single solution you need to help you overcome your condition so that you can live the life you deserve.

The SGB injection to treat PTSD works by neutralizing the ‘fight or flight’ response, which can make it easier for those with PTSD to open up to their families, friends, and therapists. The SGB for PTSD is a local anesthetic that is injected into the right side of the neck. The procedure typically lasts for less than 30 minutes and the effects last for 6 months on average! 

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