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Reaching In From The Outside

When someone is suffering from post-traumatic stress they often will not advertise that it is their "ptsd flaring up".  Sometimes it is hard to tell what is truly bothering you, especially if you don't know what the trigger is that is impacting you. Post-traumatic stress is sneaky. It parades around like a bad mood and like you are being anti-social.  It is not as simple as that. When you care about someone who suffers from it and you are thinking about calling to check in with them, it is so important not to take their response or lack of response personally. When calling to check in, it's about being an interruption to what is impacting them, it isn't necessarily about the nature of the conversation. I know for me, it made a difference many times when I was in the middle of dealing with a serious trigger and someone would call to check on me. It was the interruption that meant more than the conversation. Sometimes it was hard to talk, sometimes I was just plain moody, maybe I acted indifferent, but it mattered that someone thought to call me.  Our veterans are the same way. It is so difficult to reach out to say you're scared because it isn't just fear that is operating inside of you. It's a myriad of things you can't even put words to and you don't necessarily want to talk about it, but knowing you matter and someone thought of you does. 

It can be hard to know how to respond when someone is being less than responsive, but just know that as awkward as you may feel from the outside reaching in, they are feeling completely tormented on the inside. It's never personal, it's a battle they don't understand anymore than you do. Just know that you did the right thing by reaching out to them to act as a positive interruption to an otherwise very dark experience. Your presence matters, even if they don't know how to show you it does. 

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Cheapessaywriting on Monday, July 25, 2016 11:11 PM
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