How to Help My Friend with PTSD
It can be incredibly frustrating and confusing to watch someone suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) It is estimated that millions of people struggle with this troubling disease including former and current military personnel, first responders and those who have been victims of violent crime or other trauma. Identifying the disorder is the first step. The effects of this disorder may include the following symptoms:
- Anger attacks (rage)
- Sudden panic or fear
- Uncontrolled memories
- Uncharacteristic behavior changes
PTSD may become a problem years after the trauma happened. In some cases it is triggered by circumstances that remind the survivor of the event that triggered the disorder. Episodes can come on quickly and with no warning. Some sufferers may become violent toward themselves or others. For the bystander these experiences can be terrifying. But, help is available, and you can make a difference in your friend’s life.
How to Help Someone with PTSD
If you have a friend or loved one who you suspect has PTSD you may play a crucial role in his or her recovery. You can help in the following ways:
- Arm yourself with knowledge: Like the web search that led you this far, continue to seek out accurate information from professionals about your friend’s condition. Learn as much as you can. Our toll-free helpline might be especially helpful in this regard.
- Express your support and concern to your friend: Specially trained counselors can help you prepare yourself for that conversation. Make sure to let your friend know that you want to help.
- Attend a PTSD support group meeting; offer to attend a support group meeting with your friend.
Help for PTSD
Our toll-free helpline is open 24 hours a day. Call any time of any day to speak with one of our specially trained experts. They can answer any questions and provide you with resources to offer to your friend. The more you understand about this disease the more effective treatment will be. Recovery is possible with the right therapy. Because PTSD is both physical and psychological in nature its treatment is serious business. A full, happy life can be waiting for your friend once she gets the help she needs. Don’t wait another day. Call today and let us help get the journey to recovery started.