10 Tips for Helping Someone with PTSD

Post date: Jun 19, 2012 11:37:32 AM

  1. Let the veteran determine what they are comfortable talking about and don't push.
  2. Deep breathing exercises or getting to a quiet place can help them cope when the stress seems overwhelming.
  3. Writing about experiences can help the veteran clarify what is bothering them and help them think of solutions.
  4. Alcohol and drugs may seem to help in the short run, but make things worse in the long run.
  5. Crowds, trash on the side of the road, fireworks and certain smells can be difficult for veterans coping with PTSD.
  6. Be a good listener and don't say things like, "I know how you felt," or, "That's just like when I..." Even if you also served in a combat zone. Everyone's feelings are unique.
  7. www.restorewarriors.org is a website where warriors and their families can find tools on how to work through combat stress and PTSD issues. Learn about more mental health support resources that ease symptoms of combat stress.
  8. Remind warriors they are not alone and many others have personal stories they can share about their readjustment. Talking to other warriors can help them cope.
  9. Allow and encourage warriors and their family members to express their feelings and thoughts to those who care about them.
  10. Let them know that acknowledging they may have PTSD says they're strong, not weak.