PTSD Topic Caveat
I know my most current post was about the same subject. June is actually PTSD Awareness Month. Most of the time in June spent for me was not writing for this blog but was caught up into my own mental hell. This sounded like another good topic for PTSD Awareness, so here goes.
What is this mental disorder?
People with this mental disorder can feel like they are fighting through quicksand just to get through what is perceived as a normal day for somebody else. Depending upon the trauma as well as its manifestation will be based on the individual person.
According to Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, a certified trauma professional, this disorder is deeply embedded into a person’s body. This is due to the individual going through an event which completely compromises the central nervous system. Even though the triggering event may vary from person to person, the reaction remains fairly consistent.
What is a friend to do?
Being in any kind of relationship with someone with this type of mental disorder, it is imperative that you fully comprehend to the best of your ability what your friend is experiencing.
“The worst thing you can do is try to comfort them by saying something to the effect of ‘it’s not that bad,’ or ‘look at all you have to be grateful for’ when they have a negative reaction” explains Dr. Hokemeyer. This will shame and diminish their integrity.
5 Suggestions to Aid a Person with PTSD
- Suggest doing something fun;
- Tell your friend you will go with them in whatever it is they need;
- Mirror back the comments they make to you;
- Introduce positive future plans; and
- Tell them you are here to stay.
I have had so many uncaring remarks made to me with my mental illness by friends and family alike. I realize they are not meaning to be uncaring. They are just ignorant. I just wish they would listen with open ears and closed mouths. Period. Type your comments below. Email me at: Lifeconquering@gmail.com.