Helping a Loved One with PTSD

When your loved one comes home from military service, they may carry mental and emotional burdens related to their time in service. If they have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can almost seem as if they are a different person. Living with someone suffering with PTSD can be confusing and sometimes scary, but it is manageable. According to the VA, here are several ways you can help make the transition to civilian life easy for the veteran.

  • Remain positive

They know what they are going through, and focusing on the negatives in life can only exaggerate the problem. Highlighting the positives in a situation or about themselves can lift spirits and stabilize moods.

  • Keep up contact with loved ones

When a veteran is dealing with PTSD, they can sometimes feel as if there is no one around for them, since those closest to them in service are gone. Scheduling time with friends and family shows the veteran people care for them.

  • Exercise together

Playing sports, going for bike rides or simply going for a walk can alleviate the stress and depression that often comes with PTSD. Keeping active distracts from any trauma and scientifically releases dopamine, which helps stabilize moods and releases more positive feelings.

One of the most important things that anyone with PTSD needs is therapy. Getting professional help is essential to the veteran coming to terms with their trauma; however, therapy is expensive and getting help from the VA can be difficult, especially if the condition has not been deemed by VA to be service connected. The Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly understands the struggles veterans go through to get the help they deserve.  If you or your loved one have been denied a claim for compensation by the VA, give us a call, we are dedicated to help veterans and their families establish the benefits to which they are entitled.  Contact us at 877-838-1010 or contact us here.