How to support a loved one with PTSD
It can be hard to know how to support someone with PTSD. Having not endured the trauma that caused Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it can often feel as if your advice is misinformed or unhelpful. However, by supporting your loved one through a difficult journey, you will provide a necessary pillar of support for them. While you may not be a trained psychologist or have all the answers, you can help them in small but significant ways.
Reintegrate through social situations
One of the most significant symptoms of PTSD is feeling alone and isolated. Not only can flashbacks, anxiety, and depression cause the individual to feel frightened, but it can create a vicious circle that makes them inclined to stay away from social interaction. By going with them for coffee, taking them out on walks for a chat and getting them to enjoy their old pastimes, you can help them feel far less left out and cast out on their own.
Encourage them to get therapy
Unless you are a trained psychologist, you may struggle to provide them with effective coping strategies. A psychologist or other mental health professional will have experience in this area and will be able to guide them through recovery in a pragmatic and proactive way.
Enquire about SGB PTSD injection treatment
As we progress through the ages, so does medicine. One significant advancement is the development of the SGB injection or Stellate Ganglion Block injection. This has been around for over 100 years; however, it was previously used to treat the physical pain associated with PTSD. Now, it is also being used to help with the psychological side-effects. It has been known to return the brain back to its pre-traumatic state, assisting patients in progressing through PTSD treatment.
At PTSD Group, we are highly experienced in treating PTSD with this SGN injection. The SGB may be the single solution you need to gain back control over your life.
It may sound insignificant, but being a good listener is incredibly helpful to someone who is experiencing PTSD symptoms. By hearing what they have to say and acknowledging how it must feel, you will help them to feel far less alone. If you want to counter a negative thought or persuade them that they are being irrational, do not interrupt them. Let them finish and then make your point firmly but politely.
Create a pleasant atmosphere
Creating a safe space for your loved one could be very important to their recovery. As you get to understand PTSD, you will quickly learn that they may have particular triggers that can be very upsetting to them. Creating a place for them, whether that’s in your home or theirs, where they can go and feel calm might just be invaluable. Keeping them active and maintaining a routine while they’re there can also help to keep them occupied.
It can be hard to watch a loved one go through the process of experiencing PTSD. However, in order to help them through it, it is crucial to be a good listener and do your best to accommodate them. Encouraging professional help, too, can get them the expertise that is needed to manage such a complex and challenging condition.
This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)