Has your partner been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD? Or, perhaps you have recently hooked up with someone with this mental disorder? In either case, you undoubtedly want to be supportive. You want to help your partner get the best treatment possible for his or her PTSD symptoms. However, if you're uncertain as to what PTSD treatment should entail--especially if your loved one suffers from complex PTSD because he or she is a war veteran--you'll want to read the self-help book I wrote especially for you, the partner of the PTSD sufferer. This isn't to say that reading this book won't benefit the sufferer or other family members. It likely will. But as the partner of the PTSD sufferer, it targets your needs specifically. After all, PTSD changes relationships in ways that are often challenging and painful, wouldn't you agree?
You'll undoubtedly be relieved when you discover that The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy begins with such topics as the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the causes of PTSD, and the effects of this mental disorder on your partner, you, and your relationship. It hardly stops there, though. After all, "The PTSD Relationship" is about providing marriage help as well as guidance to unmarried couples.
If you are in this latter category, you may be coping with a partner who has suffered long-standing PTSD—perhaps stemming from childhood physical or sexual abuse, because she was a victim of military sexual trauma (MST), or due to the fact he's a veteran who never received treatment for PTSD because we didn't know about PTSD at the time--as, sadly enough, happened with Vietnam War veterans. Fortunately, you will discover that while early treatment of PTSD is always best, even long-standing PTSD symptoms have been helped by appropriate forms of PTSD treatment.
By now, you're probably realizing that The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship provides a pathway for any couple impacted by PTSD to follow. It guides you on how you can still work towards having a healthy relationship despite PTSD's unwanted presence. Of course, it does more than show you the pathway; it gives you specific tools to begin implementing immediately.
While this self-help book provides relationship advice, quite frankly, don't you also need some stress relief now that PTSD has essentially usurped your partner, your relationship, and your life? Really, don't you often feel your own mental health is at stake since this unwelcome guest of PTSD arrived, and then it refused to leave?
Let's assume you are neglecting your own needs as you strive to support your partner. Remember, if you experience depression or become physically ill due to the stress that a PTSD-impacted relationship can create, this won't be good for either of you--or your relationship, certainly. So, pick up The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship now and learn how you can better balance your own needs with those of your loved one. Learn how to take care of your body, mind, and soul. And because your partner impacted by PTSD needs to do the same, you could begin to reconnect by doing some of these activities together, don't you imagine?
By the way, are you sometimes wondering if you're going crazy because of how you're responding to all you suddenly face due to your partner's PTSD? If so, wouldn't you like to read that your reactions are quite normal--to be expected in response to the relationship problems and other challenges you now face that PTSD symptoms are inclined to bring forth? For your own mental health, you need strategies that can provide stress relief. And again, The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship provides them.
Nonetheless, if you mostly want to support your partner and ensure that he or she gets the best treatment possible for those PTSD symptoms--whether your loved one has a simpler or more complex case of PTSD--you'll be glad that you discovered this self-help book written especially for you. After all, it delves into treatment delineating, as many books do not, not only the various types of treatment available, but those most appropriate depending on the type of trauma your partner experienced in the first place. Of course, it also guides you on how to find the best therapist for your partner--even providing an example of how you might talk to a therapist on the initial phone call.
While you might well find stress relief from learning that what you face is normal, you might well experience the most relief from knowing how to support your wounded partner--warrior or not--so he or she is willing to pursue and stick with needed PTSD therapy and medications. Yes, due to your support, your partner may well continue to go to therapy and take a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), for example, despite now feeling better. You will both be on the same page and realize that PTSD must be treated as a chronic disease--rather like diabetes.In other words, the sufferer can't stop taking the medication because he or she feels better since taking it. If your loved one was to do that, the symptoms could easily soon return.
Because you are working as a team, your "PTSD relationship" will likely continue to improve--moving from having lots of relationship issues towards being one of those healthy relationships you've always wanted--or perhaps you even had before PTSD changed everything. But certainly, it might take awhile to get to this place. Meanwhile, you might find yourself feeling depressed. And while it is normal to feel depressed because PTSD has changed your partner as well as your relationship, do you realize there are ways to change your thinking so you can better cope with what you face? Once you know how to do this, your depression should lift. So, let The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship show you the way to emotional freedom. In fact, you'll learn the type of skills that therapists teach in cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Then again, are you sometimes worried that you're creating undo stress for your partner--causing those PTSD symptoms to worsen--because of the way you communicate or try to resolve conflicts? Let The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship show you some new techniques that can bring forth stress relief, promote a healthy relationship, and move you along the pathway to successful conflict resolution.
Of course, when you're living with someone with PTSD, worrisome issues arise that you might not want to think about. Nonetheless, you must. For example, could your partner be contemplating suicide? Since this is a real possibility with PTSD that you want to do everything in your power to avoid, this self-help book teaches you how to come right out and ask your loved one this question. In fact, you can enhance your comfort level with the idea of doing this by first studying a detailed case study of a woman having such a conversation with her husband.
If you have children, they could easily accept responsibility for the PTSD-impacted parent's changed behavior. Don't let this happen in your family. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship teaches you how to talk to your children so this shouldn't become a problem. Furthermore, your ability to talk to them in this way could save them from a lifetime of emotional issues. Have you ever considered this?
You might be concerned about your personal safety whereas you weren't before Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder changed your partner. If this is the case, you must know how to protect yourself and your children from emotional and verbal abuse--or perhaps worse yet, physical violence. After all, while the abuse might be driven by PTSD (and perhaps further fueled by the alcohol or drug abuse your partner engages in to try and manage PTSD symptoms), violence could erupt that becomes life-threatening. So, while this is a topic that is unpleasant, and you might prefer not to think about it, you really must do so. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy certainly Will help you to do this, though.
By the way, while this book provides relationship advice targeted at the PTSD sufferer's partner, if you're a family member or a friend of someone with PTSD, you should find this book educational and helpful. While not every topic discussed about PTSD will be something you can put to use, it certainly will help PTSD sufferers everywhere to have more people in our society with this type of knowledge about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, don't you imagine?
That said, let me thank you now for deciding to purchase this book for yourself or another. Also, thank you for alerting others to the fact this book is out there and ready to be of service to people who might be suffering silently because of a PTSD-impacted household. Really, by telling your friends and family about The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship , you might come to help someone you never knew was being harmed by PTSD.
Remember, as sad as it is, there are probably going to be more people who fit into this category in the near future than many of us can now imagine--particularly as warriors wounded by PTSD reenter society and begin to date, marry, perhaps divorce and then date new people, as well as remarry. Remember, their partners and children are harmed by those PTSD symptoms, too. But while untreated PTSD can create a horrible legacy, this need not happen because there are good treatments out there.
Quite frankly, you can be part of the solution--to ensure this legacy does not unfold. All you need to do is make people you know aware of this book. Ask them to tell their friends about it. Then, those in need in the future will know to turn to it should PTSD step into their lives. Of course, then they will learn how to deal with it effectively because you once introduced them to The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship:How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy.
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