PTSD & Healthy Living

PTSD takes a heavy toll on relationships, and it can be tough to comprehend your loved one’s behavior. You may feel like you’re in a very precarious situation or living with a stranger. You may have to assume a bigger responsibility and deal with the frustration of a loved one who can’t open up or even deal with strong emotional outbursts such as anger or disturbing behavior. The symptoms of PTSD may even lead to job loss, substance abuse, and other problems that affect the whole family.

However, with sufficient support from family and friends, your loved one’s nervous system can get better again, and they can finally move on from the traumatic event.

Usually, people with PTSD tend to withdraw from family and friends. While it’s important to maintain your loved one’s boundaries, your support can help the person with PTSD overcome feelings of grief, helplessness, and despair. Trauma specialists believe that face-to-face support from others is a critical factor in PTSD recovery.