If you’re a partner or loved one of someone who has PTSD, here’s a shortcut to some of the posts on Coming Back Home that were written specifically to address questions asked by partners and family members.
Note: most of these posts were written as responses to questions asked by a group of female spouses of male RCMP officers who have PTSD. I know that not all spouses are female, and not all people with PTSD are male – this blog used to have a small audience, and some of these posts were geared toward that original audience. It is not my intention to make anyone feel invisible. Whenever possible, I try to keep my posts as genderless and inclusive as I can.
What should I do when my partner pulls away from me emotionally? You can read more about why people tend to pull away here. A related topic, why it’s so hard for a person with PTSD to tell you what’s bothering them, is discussed here. And also here.
How can I tell the difference between PTSD and depression? You can read more about depression here, here, and here.
If there are any other posts on this blog that you think need to be added to this list – please let me know, and I’ll be happy to add a link.
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I’d love to have you share your comments and questions – but before you post, can you take a quick peek at the guidelines? (Basically, please don’t post trauma details that will trigger other people, please don’t sell stuff, and be respectful to others when you post.)
Fine print: Reading this blog is a good start, but if you’re having a hard time, it’s no substitute for getting actual help (like, therapy). It takes a different kind of courage to admit to yourself that you’re struggling, and to seek help. Getting help is not a sign of failure – it’s a sign that you’ve been through a lot, and have tried to stay strong for too long. If you need help – you’re in some pretty great company. Reach out, and give yourself a chance to feel better.
Really fine print: Unless otherwise noted, all original photography on Coming Back Home is copyrighted. The photo gracing today’s post was taken by M. & C. Charbonneau, and I’d like to thank them for generously allowing me to use their work. Please do not copy photographs from Coming Back Home without permission.