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How to Deal With PTSD Anxiety-Part 2

July 26, 2011

I started yesterday talking about some tactics that professionals recommend for dealing with anxiety.  Step #1 If not dealt with, then anxiety will grow worse.  If you’d like to know more about this see earlier posts.

A second step is to talk to someone.  This could be a family member, friends or even strangers that might have a willing ear.  I will warn you though, many people grow tired of listening to sorrows and woes much more quickly then you will be finished talking about them.  I remember an earlier time in my life that a major tragedy happened to my wife and I and it took over a year to really shake it.  Most of our friends were nice in the beginning but as time went by they became harder and harder to be with us.  Some of our friends were never there for us. Only the two of us, because we were both directly involved,  kept dealing with the issue over and over again.  The worst part were statements that were made to us, become painful.  Things like “Everything happens for the best” or “I know what your going through” or “It’s part of God’s plan” or any number of other platitudes that irritate you as much as soothe you.

I need to keep repeating that we are here and Militaryt PTSD Forum is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  Though a post offers little in terms of comfort in return, it also doesn’t try and tell you what you want to hear or offer unwanted advice on how you should feel by offering the stock phrases.  It is simply a chance for you to vent your anger, openly discuss your pain, or simply release some of the feelings that you have pent up inside.  It may also be a way for your PTSD spouse to say what he/she is feeling without it upsetting you any more than you already are.  This is a safe way to communicate even if it is indirectly. But mostly it opens the door for you to potentially seek more help and a willingness to begin the healing process.

You can write as often as you need to and your feeling will never be condemned or censured.   There is no cost associated either so the price is right.