WHAT IS POST TRAUMATIC DISORDER?
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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