If you have PTSD then you know how absolutely awful and debilitating it can be. I thought I’d write a post about the ways in which you can help someone with PTSD. Remember this is from my own perspective.
Listen, and validate the persons feelings. We all like to feel validated, it really does help.
Talk about the symptoms. Dont be afraid of them. PTSD is really scary to the person going through it.
If a person who experiences PTSD is going through a flashback, sit with them, and listen, hold their hand, soothe them.
Allow the person to express how they are feeling. Dont minimize the persons feelings or experiences as trivial.
Dont make fun of, or laugh at the persons symptoms. They are very real.
If you are staying the night with the person, and they have a nightmare, help them by getting them a cold drink, or by grounding them in some other way.
If a panick attack hits, try to do deep breathing with the person. Encourage them to feel their body and take slow, deep breaths with them, showing them how to do it if they forget.