The second section, Replenish: Our Needs, is all about self-care. It is set up in a checklist format so readers can see how they are doing in twenty-one specific areas and find ways to grow personally.
- How do I get him to “come back” to me when he is withdrawn or shuts himself off?
- As parents of a veteran, how do we know what to do and when to just back off?
- I have a terrible time trying to sleep with him because of his nightmares and thrashing, etc. How can I help him sleep better so I can sleep better?
- How can I get friends and family to understand?
- Why is he unable to handle conflict like “normal” couples? Just what are the rules for conflict when PTSD is a factor?
- Sometimes I feel like I’m married to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Is that typical, and how do I manage with those extreme and unpredictable behaviors?
- I don’t know how much longer I can keep doing this. How do I know when to say I’m done?
The good news is there are more beneficial therapies available today than ever before. Since each person and their situation are unique, the best thing to do is research the options, talk with others and take that first step toward getting the help you need. A good place to start is our website under Resource Links.