PTSD Spouses-Ministry of Presence

September 2, 2011

The Red Cross calls it “The Ministry of Presence”.  This simply means being there for your loved one and not offering or demanding anything in return.  It is simply being there in support.  Nothing needs to be said.  Perhaps just a simple touch or caress is all that is needed to get through a tough patch.

The worst part is that there will come a time when just being there will become harder for you to do,  Things change the longer the PTSD persists.  We would encourage you to also seek professional help as quickly as you can.  Do not wait until one or both of you are so frustrated with each other that you can not be there support your mate.

PTSD support groups are an excellent vehicle.  They provide reassurance that you are not alone in the battle and you may hear alternate successful  techniques from other PTSD couples going through the same struggles as you.  

Mostly you can not afford to sit back and do nothing.  This is what the PTSD victim may want but it is not what is best.  Talking about the situation helps and the more talking that is done the easier it becomes.  There will come a time when hopefully this whole PTSD time will be simply a terrible experience that you both needed to go through in your journey through life.

You can get started by posting about your PTSD experiences and frustrations at this site.  Tell your PTSD story and get support from others who care.  Having someone to listen and validate your pain is therapeutic, believe it or not.  We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.