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Post-traumatic stress disorder is commonly referred to as PTSD and can be a life-altering disorder if not understood and worked through. If you have a loved one diagnosed with PTSD, you probably want to support and help them in any possible way. Learning to support your loved one through their disorder can be a process. Here are a few suggestions on how to support a loved one who has been diagnosed with PTSD.

Maintain Trust

Work to build and maintain trust within your relationship. A trusting relationship will help to create a comfortable and safe place for everyone. Therapy can sometimes be a stressful time, filled with exploring and working through challenging issues. A trusting relationship is something that your loved one may find beneficial as they work through therapy.

Offer Social Support

Everyone is on a unique journey. What one person needs from their loved ones may be different than what your loved one needs from you. Your loved one may need social support from you. Ask them how they want to be supported when out with a group of people, at a family gathering, or at a party.

Actively Listen

You do not need to understand how your loved one feels or how they experience events and situations in order to support them. Listen when they tell you how they are feeling or why they react the way they do to certain situations. If you do not have PTSD, it can be hard to fully grasp what living with the disorder is like. Work on actively listening, asking questions, and letting them know you are there to support them.

Let Them Take the Lead

You will probably be curious about therapy. You will wonder what they do and what they talk about, as well as what sort of activities or homework is given. It is natural to be curious, especially if you have never gone through therapy yourself. Let your loved one take the lead on what they share and when they share it.

Supporting your loved one through a mental illness can be challenging. Work on finding out exactly what your loved one wants and needs from you. Try to listen actively, and let them take the lead on what they share with you. Here at The Guest House, we know how challenging it can be to support a loved one through mental illness. We are here to support you and your mental well-being as you learn to support your loved one. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.