posts from The PTSD Collective that can help guide and educate
No matter what you've been telling yourself, it's not your role to rescue someone you love from their PTSD. And it's not your job to repair them. But when was the last time you thought about how you feel? When was the last time you thought about what you need? Self care is one of the most important tools when you find yourself living alongside PTSD. Do you know how?
HOW I STOPPED ENABLING MY HUSBAND WITH PTSD, AND STARTED SUPPORTING HIM
Do you know what it means to enable a loved one? Do you know how to tell the difference between supporting and enabling? It took Lea a long time to realise that enabling looks very much like love. And then she had the difficult task of beginning to learn what support truly meant.
THE BOUNDARIES I NEEDED TO CREATE ALONGSIDE MY HUSBAND'S PTSD, AND HOW I ENFORCE THEM
A large part of supporting a loved one with PTSD involves setting boundaries to help you stay true to own values. Following on from 'How I Stopped Enabling my Husband with PTSD, and Started Supporting Him', this post discusses what realistic boundaries might look like in a relationship dealing with PTSD, and ways to consistently apply them.
Mental illness can redefined a relationship in every way. Every day can be a struggle to find where you fit. No longer do you feel like the spouse you once were. No longer do you feel like their best friend. You cannot be their therapist. And you're often not welcomed as their carer. In the face of PTSD, what type of partner do you become? Where does the mental illness end and the marriage begin?
22 TREATMENT AND THERAPY OPTIONS FOR MANAGING PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often a complex and challenging condition to manage. As more research is conducted on psychological injuries, and our understanding of PTSD grows, additional treatment options are being developed. Generally, the most successful treatment plans involve a multi-faceted approach, which is then regularly reviewed and revised by the individual and their medical team.
No marriage is perfect. And every couple will face adversity at some point. But what happens when PTSD enters a relationship? What happens when, despite your best efforts to draw together as a couple, the PTSD begins to drive a deep wedge through the core of your love and respect for each other? PTSD does not have to become a cancer in your relationship. It doesn't have to mean the end. With the right support, there's hope to be found.
As adults, we often realise too late the importance of nurturing our mental health. By the time the dark shadows begin hovering, the stigma has already driven its wedge in deep. The awareness of attending to our emotional as well as physiological needs should begin with our children. They need to learn from us what it means to support their own mental health. And that it's okay to not always be okay.