Help for Family and Friends
Research shows that traumatic events have major impacts on the partners of trauma victims. Traumatic events can have negative impacts on intimacy, sexuality and communication all of which are key elements in the maintenance of healthy relationships. Symptoms of PTSD such as increased agitation, emotional numbing and detachment can have detrimental effects on intimate and family relationships. People with PTSD may seem distant and you may feel shut out.
It is normal for family members to have concerns that their loved one is not able to function normally and may never regain their former life. They may also be concerned about negative changes in their loved one such as social withdrawal, anger, irritability, substance abuse and avoidance of responsibilities.
Your concerns as a family member need to be addressed and it is crucial that you also receive support and education. At Now Psychological Services we encourage the involvement of family members in treatment. Family support is an integral and important part of the recovery process.
As a family member how can you help?
Your partner may not realize they need help, or may find it hard to admit they do. As indicated getting professional help is extremely important. Without treatment PTSD is likely to continue on a chronic course. So encourage your partner to get professional help.
It is important to listen and show you care and wherever possible be involved in treatment. Encourage your loved one to persevere in the course of treatment. Treatment has its ups and downs and can be emotionally draining however is likely to be very effective in the long run.
If you are experiencing trauma help is out there.