Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Living with post-traumatic stress disorder can be challenging for both the sufferer and the family. Some of the methods suggested that can help a person cope with this disorder are:

  • Learn all you can about your disorder.
  • Talk to friends and family members about your fears and feelings.
  • Join a support group. This will teach you new ways of coping with situations based on other people’s experiences and it also gives you the opportunity to express yourself. You can find support groups in your area by consulting with your health care providers, or through web sites like this one – PTSD Forum
  • Do not miss your therapy sessions. Though the process may seem slow and at times pointless, it will pay off in the long run.
  • Actively participate in all therapy sessions as recommended by your therapist.
  • Keep physically healthy by eating healthy foods and exercising frequently.
  • Learn some relaxation techniques to help you deal with stress. Yoga and meditation can also be great stress busters.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and drugs.

Frequently asked questions
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