DOES PTSD[POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER} AFFECT FAMILY MEMBERS?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST / COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Because the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma reactions
change how a trauma survivor feels and acts, traumatic experiences that happen
to one member of a family can affect everyone else in the family. When trauma
reactions are severe and go on for some time without treatment, they can cause
major problems in a family. This fact sheet will describe family members’
reactions to the traumatic event and to the survivor’s symptoms and behaviours.

It’s no wonder that family members react to the fact that their loved one has gone through a trauma. It’s upsetting when someone you care about goes through a terrible ordeal. And it’s no wonder that people react to the way a traumatized family member feels and acts. Trauma symptoms can make a family member hard to get along with or cause him or her to withdraw from the rest of the family. It can be…

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