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Advice for Loved Ones

  • Be there to listen to the victim.
  • Do not tell them to move on or not talk about the traumatic event.
  • Find out about traumatic stress so that you can understand what the victim is experiencing. Learn about commonly associated problems such depression, aggression, and sexual problems.
  • If the victim's symptoms last more than a couple of weeks suggest to them that they seek advice, and respect their decision.
  • If their symptoms of post-traumatic stress cause tension, talk to the victim or someone else who is close.
  • Be there for them when they are trying to face things that remind them of the traumatic event.
  • Take special care of the victim on anniversaries of the traumatic event.

Last updated: 1/1/2010 | © info-trauma 2009