How to Help Someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A ton of people struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder but do you know how to help somebody with PTSD? Everybody this is Chris from the rewired soul where we talk about the problem but focus on the solution.

Welcome to another video with this week. I’m diving deep into the topic of: how do you help somebody who struggles with mental illness and PTSD? It’s so prevalent and I’ll be talking about the stigma around PTSD, misconceptions, and things like that later on in this video.

It’s so so so important to know how to help somebody with PTSD. like really the do’s and don’ts and PTSD is a form of anxiety and it’s important to understand what PTSD is all about now here’s the thing I’ll be honest with you I don’t know everything.

I am not nearly as well educated about post-traumatic stress disorder as I should be so I turned to my buddy Kayla from the channel post tramatic victory it is an amazing Channel Kayla is awesome. Make sure that you go check her out and subscribe. I will put links in the info card and down in the description and in the comments go there and subscribe to her channel like this will help you educate yourself about PTSD.

But Kayla is awesome like she talks a lot about PTSD things like that and she’s also a musician. One of the most recent videos is actually a ukulele cover and I absolutely loved it so go over to a channel say Yoko Leila when you’re gonna drop that EP on Spotify you know what I’m saying.

But anyways I asked Elena for some help I said yo I don’t know much about PTSD. People need to learn how to help you with PTSD. Can you hook me up with some information that you’d like to get out there?… so she hooked me up alright.

So we’re gonna talk about five different things that you should know when it comes to helping somebody with PTSD.  The first one is educate yourself and you pay yourself about what PTSD is.

Alright it’s much more than just bad memories so one of the first things that you can do is something that I do is go over to calamus channel. She is somebody who struggles with PTSD and she’s overcoming it day by day. She works with the therapist she has a service animal and she puts a lot of information out there so like just watch some of her videos.

Now I do know a little bit about PTSD one of the books that really understand PTSD and just trauma responses in general was a book called on your brain alright and I did a whole book review on it is by Dr. Faith Harper.

I will put a link in the info card to the video I did about this book like go get this book go get this book right now pause the video go get the book and then read it okay it’s a very short simple book but it talks a lot about rewiring your brain and how to work through it and trauma responses where anxiety comes from and all that kind of stuff so what happens is here’s just like a very brief overview of PTSD so the brain is always trying to protect you okay so when you go through a traumatic event and traumatic is relative okay was traumatic for one person might not be traumatic for another person but what happens is the brain stores that memory in a part of the brain called the hippocampus which is tied into the amygdala the amygdala is your fight flight or freeze mechanism so PTSD can be triggered by a wide range of things based on your your different senses so it could be different sounds different smells it can also include memories it can be certain taste anything that was happening in that moment can trigger PTSD and the brain freaks out because it thinks that it needs to protect itself so that’s kind of a brief overview but again there’s a ton of symptoms and kalila talks a lot about this so go check her channel out number two the second one is it’s like man don’t be a jerk if somebody in your life saw this with PTSD and they tell you about some of their triggers like don’t mess with them about it don’t joke with them about it like trust me I’m a big jokester I’m a prankster I have a jokes and things like that I have a lot of people in my life who struggle with PTSD and that is just off limits like it’s rude it’s terrible so don’t go around jump scaring up don’t know about some of their triggers and then set them up or anything like that like it seems like common sense but there are people out there what babe I was just trying to be funny like it’s just that’s not funny you know and like I said I have a very crude sense of humor some of my favorite comedians or like really really crude right but this is something where it’s just like common decency we don’t do that number three don’t try to get somebody with PTSD to talk about their trauma okay a lot of people who struggle with PTSD and I try to be very mindful of that be very mindful of different topics and stuff like that like people my life I know a little bit about it but I haven’t liked trying to get them to open up all the way if they’re not comfortable with it here’s the thing and this is also gonna tie in to tip number four but here’s the thing right how’s permission permission like if this is like you know a girlfriend or boyfriend or husband or wife or someone you know like ask him say do you want to talk about it okay like this is what they do and talk therapy to or do some motivational interviewing like have you ever thought about getting therapy do you think therapy might help you with your symptoms or struggles with PTSD you know what I’m saying because maybe you’re not the right person for them to talk to about it but maybe somebody else did like a licensed professional and I will provide some resources down below but don’t try to force somebody to talk about it like here’s the thing people get so offended like I always say this and some people get offended when I say this but I’m sorry to explain neuroscience to you but we’re naturally selfish people we are naturally selfish and self-centered we have to work to not be so selfish and self-centered if your significant other or your friend or family member or co-worker doesn’t want to talk to you about their PTSD and the traumatic event that is not something to get offended by okay this doesn’t mean they love you any less it doesn’t mean they don’t trust you right this is something that is very very sensitive to certain people and they don’t have to tell you jack squat number four like if somebody tells you that their struggle at PTSD or they’re struggling with some of the symptoms that are popping up or they’re going through like an anxious moment because of their PTSD just Lindon here just lendin here and again always ask permission like we have to just say like do you want to talk about it like do you want to talk about what you’re going through this is a little bit different than asking what happened like do you want to talk about what’s happening right now like let’s say maybe you’re out in public or something like that and a lot of noise goes off you know whatever it is and it might you know trigger them right do you want to talk about it because like I mentioned in my last video about people who show them with anxiety sometimes just talking about what their experiences in that moment like it helps the brain calm down but like I also mentioned in the last video about how to help somebody with anxiety if they don’t want to talk about it leave them alone sometimes people just have their own coping skills that they use and you don’t need to be a part of it okay remember like the number one thing I could suggest to anybody who has friends family members anybody who says what mental you don’t have to fix them okay some people just need to be left alone and they can calm down themselves and number five please try not to perpetuate the misconception that the only people with PTSD are war veterans this is so far beyond the truth like statistically like statistically women are far more likely to have PTSD than men and this is because women are far more likely to be the victims of physical sexual and emotional abuse okay now this doesn’t mean that men can’t be the victim of those things too but statistically women are more likely to so like it’s not one of those things where you’re just like oh hey you know you weren’t in war how do you have PTSD like don’t even go there don’t even go there like you don’t know their past you don’t know their struggles and when talking about like educating yourself about PTSD like this can come from a car accident okay this can come from the loss of a loved one this can come from being bitten by an animal this can come from almost drowning like this can come from any type of situation where a person’s life felt threatened alright so don’t think that it only happens to War veterans and on top of that when it comes to helping somebody like don’t say these little things like we don’t say that anybody with mental almost like just snap out of it don’t think about it calm down think on the bright side that all these things they just don’t help at all anyways that’s all I got for you if you struggle with PTSD if you have any tips or advice that you would like to offer to other people about what helps you with your PTSD or what you would like people to know please leave it down in the comments below alright but again thank you so much kalila for being so amazing and helping me out with this video I’m going to link her youtube channel as well as her social media accounts down in the description below so make sure you go over their followers subscribe tell her I sent you over she’s this amazing woman and one of these days one of these days kaleil is gonna come over here and do a guest video for me alright but she’s a busy gal so I don’t bug her too much about it alright but that’s all I got for you if you like this video please give it a thumbs up and if you are new here I’m always making videos to help you out with your mental and emotional well-being so go ahead and click that little brown subscribe button and a big THANK YOU to everybody supporting the channel over on patreon or if you’re bored and you want to check out some more videos you can click a tap on one of those thumbnails right there alright thanks so much for watching help someone with PTSD today and I’ll see you next time

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