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Caregivers & PTSD: How To Cope with Someone Coping

Posted Oct 10 2012 7:07am

It took so very, very long for me to understand what was wrong with me after trauma (and for others to understand too) that there were many times I’m sure my family was frustrated beyond belief with my irrational behaviors, fear and outbursts.

Being a caregiver to a trauma survivor is no easy task, which is why it’s important to have both survivors and caregivers get on the same page when it comes to the recovery process. Some of that has to do with education, some with communication, and some with collaboration.

After my trauma recovery process was complete I looked back and wrote this piece about 10 things I wish my family had known about PTSD . I offered it as a sort of guide for caregivers learning to understand us.

This week on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA we’re devoting a whole show to caregivers – military style!

For this show I’m teaming up with  Operation Homefront  and  Wounded Warrior Wives  to take a long close look at caregiving for our wounded warriors. My guests, one of whom is a wounded warrior caregiver herself, have lots of insights and will tackle:

  • What are the toughest things about being a caregiver?
  • What do caregivers need to know about meeting survivors’ needs?
  • 4 things you need to know to keep yourself sane despite the stress

The cool thing about this discussion is that while my guests have the military perspective, all caregivers share many of the same issues, topics and challenges. Whether you’re military or civilian there will be tips here for both survivors and caregivers.

Did you miss last week’s incredible YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA interview with Robert Scaer, author of 8 KEYS TO BRAIN-BODY BALANCE? Scaer answered questions from live callers, fans and even explained in detail why he believes trauma can be overcome. Check out the podcast with Robert Scaer here .

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