Some of those coping mechanisms are outlined below: Lifestyle changes – Interacting with other trauma survivors and other veterans who have experience with PTSD, exercising, eating healthy, volunteering, avoiding drugs and alcohol, spending more time with loved ones and practicing optimism are all helpful.
- 1 What do you say to a veteran with PTSD?
- 2 What can we do to help veterans and others that suffer from PTSD?
- 3 What are some effective ways to assist those with PTSD?
- 4 How do you handle trauma triggers?
- 5 How do I talk to a military person with PTSD?
- 6 What should you not say to a veteran with PTSD?
- 7 How can we help combat veterans?
- 8 What are some ways you can show support for and give thanks to our veterans?
- 9 How can you help someone with trauma?
- 10 How can partners help with PTSD?
- 11 How do you help someone with PTSD who doesn’t want help?
- 12 What happens when trauma is triggered?
- 13 What are the 5 stages of trauma?
- 14 How do you deal with emotional triggers?
What do you say to a veteran with PTSD?
If your loved one is a veteran with PTSD who wants to talk about what they saw or experienced, encourage them to do so. Maintain a non-judgmental attitude as you listen, and be sure to give them your full attention. If you want to ask questions, keep them unintrusive.
What can we do to help veterans and others that suffer from PTSD?
Tips & Resources for Helping Veterans with PTSD
- Help a veteran to seek mental health treatment.
- Educate others and raise awareness about PTSD.
- Encourage veterans to join a support group.
- Help a veteran become adjusted in their new home.
- Seek help and treatment from the VA and other military resources.
What are some effective ways to assist those with PTSD?
Tips for Helping Someone With PTSD
- Educate Yourself on PTSD. This condition tends to be misunderstood, and there’s often a stigma attached to it.
- Be Supportive.
- Be Patient (Don’t Pressure Them)
- Don’t Judge.
- Show Respect.
- Learn About Their Triggers.
- Encourage Them to Seek Treatment.
How do you handle trauma triggers?
Coping With Triggers
- Deep breathing.
- Expressive writing.
- Social support.
How do I talk to a military person with PTSD?
Helping someone with PTSD tip 1: Provide social support
- Don’t pressure your loved one into talking.
- Do “normal” things with your loved one, things that have nothing to do with PTSD or the traumatic experience.
- Let your loved one take the lead, rather than telling them what to do.
- Manage your own stress.
- Be patient.
What should you not say to a veteran with PTSD?
What Not to Say
- Don’t ask if they’ve killed anyone.
- Don’t tread too gently around vets because you assume everyone has experienced trauma.
- Don’t ask them to put difficult experiences behind them.
- Don’t snap — even if they snap.
- Don’t describe their experience for them.
- Ask before throwing a welcome-home party.
How can we help combat veterans?
Call the VA Health Benefits Service Center toll free at 1-877-222-VETS or explore My HealtheVet, which provides veterans help with VA health care information, services, and locations. Call the Vet Center’s national number at 1-800-905-4675 or visit online for more information or to find the location nearest you.
What are some ways you can show support for and give thanks to our veterans?
There are many other ways to show our gratitude throughout the year.
- Visit a Memorial Park. A quick google search of your “town/city” plus “veteran memorial park” will likely produce many options nearby.
- Create a Care Package.
- Say “Thank You”
How can you help someone with trauma?
Suggestions for supporting a friend or family member include:
- Make time to be with the person and make it obvious that you are available.
- Don’t take their feelings to heart.
- You can help by reassuring the person that their reactions are normal.
- Offer practical support.
How can partners help with PTSD?
To help a partner with PTSD, a person can: Avoid blaming them for their symptoms, minimizing the severity of their trauma, and telling them to “snap out of it.” Encourage them to seek treatment and offer to help them do so.
How do you help someone with PTSD who doesn’t want help?
How can I help?
- Learn as much as you can about PTSD.
- Offer to go to doctor visits with your family member.
- Tell your loved one you want to listen and that you also understand if he or she doesn’t feel like talking.
- Plan family activities together, like having dinner or going to a movie.
What happens when trauma is triggered?
Initial reactions to trauma can include exhaustion, confusion, sadness, anxiety, agitation, numbness, dissociation, confusion, physical arousal, and blunted affect. Most responses are normal in that they affect most survivors and are socially acceptable, psychologically effective, and self-limited.
What are the 5 stages of trauma?
There are 5 stages to this process:
- Denial – this can’t be happening.
- Anger – why did this have to happen?
- Bargaining – I promise I’ll never ask for another thing if only you will
- Depression – a gloom that comes from having to adjust to so much so quickly.
How do you deal with emotional triggers?
Managing them in the moment
- Own your feelings. First, remind yourself that it’s totally OK to feel whatever you’re feeling in that moment.
- Give yourself some space. Physically leaving can help you avoid emotional overwhelm.
- Keep an open mind.