If you are living with a family member who has post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is normal to feel frustrated or discouraged. But there are steps you can take to help: (1) educate yourself. Visit the National Center for PTSD website at www.ptsd.va.gov; (2) watch, short animated videos at www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/video/index.asp to help you learn about PTSD and effective treatments; (3) download and use the PTSD Mobile Coach App at www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile/familycoach_app.asp; (4) read the booklet 'Understanding PTSD, a Guide for Family and Friends at www.ptsd.va.gov/publications/print/understandingptsd_family_booklet.pdf. Reach out to Coaching into Care, the Department of Veterans Affairs' free national telephone service.
For more mental health resources, visit the Military.com Mental Health and Wellness section.