Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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PTSD Caregiver Tips
The most important thing you can do for a loved one with PTSD is to be supportive and caring. The disorder affects the perception of reality.
- Create a calm comforting environment.
- Don’t argue with someone who is fearful and hyper-vigilant.
- Don’t keep firearms in the house.
- Be open to the individual’s concerns, while being careful not to validate paranoid ideas).
- Be patient with irritability and anger. Everyone with PTSD has different triggers. Help find healthy ways to release anger, such as exercise, support groups, music, meditation, massage — or even aromatherapy.
- Be ready for violent outbursts.
- Embrace a daily routine.
- Reassure people that you are there to help.
- Encourage daily physical activity.
- Avoid the news or shows that trigger flashbacks.
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