Today Is National PTSD Awareness DayJune 27, 2022 2:56 pm
You may have heard the phrase Post-traumatic stress disorder talked about when it comes to service members who have seen military service turn into wartime services. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is something that does affect service members quite frequently, but it can also affect civilians who have been involved in a traumatic situation in similar ways.
If someone you love has PTSD it can be very difficult to tell. It is not a disorder that has any visible symptoms and many people do a good job at hiding the symptoms that are often held internally. However, if you pay close attention you can spot some of the signs and symptoms that your loved one may be facing if she/he is struggling with PTSD. If you believe your loved one is suffering inside you should be on the lookout for the following signs that they are battling PTSD;
- Continually flashbacks to the traumatic event that occurred. This can include dreams or a reliving of the moments of the event.
- Avoidance of discussion of the traumatic event.
- New negative thoughts about one’s self, the world, or other people.
- Memory problems that encompass memories of the traumatic event.
- Feeling detached from family or friends.
As you can tell by this list, which is not an exhaustive one, there are many signs you can be looking for to determine if your loved one is facing PTSD. Of course, it should not be up to you to diagnose this disorder, but you should encourage the person who is battling these feelings and symptoms to seek help and speak with someone who can help them work through the feelings. One of the best ways to help someone who has PTSD is to get them into a safe space where they can start to feel comfortable talking about and confronting the event.
For a comprehensive list of symptoms and signs, you can click here.
If someone you know is experiencing these symptoms or signs that have you thinking she/he may be suffering from PTSD do not be afraid to intervene and encourage that person to get help. You may find that reaching out will help her/him talk about their feelings and began to allow them to heal.