WHAT ARE THE FAMILIES DOING WITH TRAUMA SURVIVORS?
Trauma survivors and their families
often don’t know what to do to care for themselves. First, it is important to
continue to learn more about trauma and its effects.
Treatment for PTSD is available in
most communities through psychologists and social workers in private practice.
Insurance may help pay for this treatment. Community mental-health centres and
private mental-health clinics (such as those run by charitable or church
organizations) may also provide treatment, sometimes at low or reduced fees.
Family members of a traumatized
person should find out as much as they can about PTSD and get help for
themselves, even if their loved one doesn’t seek treatment. Family members can
encourage the survivor to inquire about education and counselling, but they
should not pressure or try to force their loved one to get help. Classes or
treatment may also be useful for stress and anger management, addiction, couple’s
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