(PRWEB UK) 2 January 2014
The commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces says the military and country must do more to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and prevent suicides among soldiers, The National Post reported December 12th. According to the article, "Military's 'stiff upper lip' attitude over PTSD needs to stop; Governor-General David Johnston says after the suicide deaths of four soldiers General Tom Lawson, chief of the defence staff, made an unusual broadcast last week explaining a "stiff upper lip" attitude needs to be overcome to help treat soldiers and veterans with mental illness. He commented, "Just as you would expect to be helped on the battlefield by your colleagues if you were physically injured, your brothers and sisters in arms are with you in the fight against mental illness …. We're a team and we're there to support each other." (http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/12/militarys-stiff-upper-lip-attitude-over-ptsd-needs-to-stop-governor-general-david-johnston-says/)
Following on from this, Yourwellness Magazine explored how to build relationships when suffering from PTSD. Yourwellness Magazine noted, "Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) takes its toll on your emotional health, and also your relationship wellness. Trauma survivors often have trouble maintaining or establishing intimate and family relationships or close friendships, as PTSD can interfere with your ability to trust, communicate, solve problems, be assertive or achieve emotional closeness. We humans were made to be together and in relationships with one another, so this outcome of PTSD can further damage your well-being, and begin a negative cycle." (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/12/rebuild-relationships-suffering-ptsd/#sthash.k5PEHEcz.dpuf)
Yourwellness Magazine gave PTSD sufferers four ways to create and maintain successful intimate relationships:
1. Establish a personal support network. A strong team of professionals can help with the PTSD while the patient maintains or rebuilds relationships with family and friends.
2. Create a safe environment in which to share feelings. It may be helpful to lay down certain ground rules in order to set the tone and ensure everyone is on the same page.
3. Keep at it. Recovering from the emotional trauma of PTSD can be a lengthy process, which means continually strengthening relationship skills, with particular regard to cooperation, problem-solving and communication.
4. Have fun. Relationships aren't all about feelings and deep chats; they're also about enjoying life together.
To find out more, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com.
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