Seeing someone you care about experiencing PTSD can be really hard and cause you a lot of worry, but offering your support and care is so important to the person’s recovery. No matter how much support you can offer, any support is needed; below are some things you can do to:
- Listening – giving your loved one the opportunity to talk to you honestly and openly in their own time and at their own pace. Listen without judgement and don’t dismiss their feelings, even if you find it hard to understand.
- Learning what can make their PTSD worse, such as situations, conversations, people, noises, etc. Knowing this information can help you avoid these situations in the future.
- Plan ahead and put things in place for if or when your loved one may be feeling particularly unwell, such as how they would like support, knowing what signs to look out for that they may not be feeling as great.
- Be aware that someone with PTSD may find it claustrophobic to have someone around them all the time, and they may also struggle with personal space, as they can often be on edge following the trauma they’ve experienced.
- Help your friend or family member to find further support, such as a GP, therapy, groups for people living with PTSD.