Military PTSD

by Mellissa

Just the other day, my boyfriend and I had a perfect day together. But the following day he did a total 180. He wont speak to me, talk to me, show affection like he had been doing all along.

He suffers from PTSD from 2 tours over seas. I am worried about him, and about us. Is there any advice on how I should handle this or how I can help him?

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Jul 28, 2010
by: David

Hi Mellissa,

The following information is taken from the National Institute of mental Health:

How can I help a friend or relative who has PTSD?

If you know someone who has PTSD, it affects you too. The first and most important thing you can do to help a friend or relative is to help him or her get the right diagnosis and treatment. You may need to make an appointment for your friend or relative and go with him or her to see the doctor. Encourage him or her to stay in treatment, or to seek different treatment if his or her symptoms don't get better after 6 to 8 weeks.

To help a friend or relative, you can:

  • Offer emotional support, understanding, patience, and encouragement.

  • Learn about PTSD so you can understand what your friend or relative is experiencing.

  • Talk to your friend or relative, and listen carefully.

  • Listen to feelings your friend or relative expresses and be understanding of situations that may trigger PTSD symptoms.

  • Invite your friend or relative out for positive distractions such as walks, outings, and other activities.

  • Remind your friend or relative that, with time and treatment, he or she can get better.

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