In recent years, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been getting the recognition it has needed. It is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In the United States approximately 6% of people experience PTSD at some point in their life. It can result from experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as military combat, sexual assault, or a natural disaster. PTSD can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life, making it difficult to sleep, concentrate, or enjoy activities they once loved.
If someone you love has been diagnosed with PTSD, it’s essential to know how to support them in their recovery journey.
Here are some tips on how to support a loved one with PTSD:
Educate yourself about PTSD
The first step in supporting someone with PTSD is to educate yourself about the condition. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of PTSD. This knowledge will help you understand what your loved one is going through and how you can best support them.
Listen to your loved one
One of the most important things you can do for someone with PTSD is to listen to them. Let them know that you’re there for them and that you’re willing to listen without judgment. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and experiences, but don’t pressure them if they’re not ready. Be patient and understanding.
Be supportive and compassionate
Living with PTSD can be a daily struggle for your loved one. Offer your support and compassion as they navigate their recovery. Let them know that you’re there for them and that you care. Show your support by helping with household tasks, running errands, or accompanying them to appointments.
Taking care of yourself is just as key as taking care of your loved one. Make sure you’re practicing self-care and taking time to recharge. This will help you avoid burnout and be a better support system for your loved one.
Recovery from PTSD takes time, and it’s crucial to be patient with your loved one. Don’t rush their healing process or expect them to “get over it” quickly. Recovery can be a long and hard journey, but with your support, they can overcome the challenges they face.
PTSD triggers can vary from person to person, but some common triggers include loud noises, crowds, or certain smells. Work with your loved one to identify their triggers and avoid them when possible. If a trigger can’t be avoided, help your loved one come up with coping strategies to manage their symptoms.
Offer reassurance and safety
People with PTSD often feel unsafe and on edge. Offer reassurance and safety to your loved one. Let them know that they’re safe and that you’re there for them. Make sure their environment is as calm and peaceful as possible.
Recovery from PTSD is a journey, and it’s important to celebrate the progress your loved one makes. Recognize their accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrate milestones, such as completing therapy sessions or participating in activities they once enjoyed.
Staying connected with your loved one is essential for their recovery. Make time for them and continue to show your support. Check in with them regularly and ask how they’re doing. Let them know that you’re there for them and that you care.
Encourage them to Seek Treatment
Encouraging a loved one to seek treatment for their PTSD can be a delicate and challenging process. It’s vital to approach the topic with sensitivity and compassion. Let your loved one know that seeking treatment is a sign of strength and that it’s okay to ask for help. Offer to help them find a mental health professional who specializes in treating PTSD and accompany them to their appointments if needed.
Remind them that recovery is possible and that you’ll be there to support them every step of the way.
At Edelica Health, we understand the impact that PTSD can have on you or someone you love. We offer ketamine infusion therapy as a treatment option for individuals with treatment-resistant PTSD. Ketamine has been shown to reduce symptoms of PTSD, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Starting in June 2023, we will be offering stellate ganglion block treatment for PTSD, as well!
Our team of experienced professionals is here to support you or your loved one on the journey to recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about how ketamine infusion therapy can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow.