Teresa Nelson

Teresa Nelson.

POCATELLO — There are many myths and misunderstandings about Post-traumatic stress disorder, which is why PTSD Awareness Month is an opportune time to understand the signs and symptoms, as well as to dispel any myths and stigmas associated with PTSD and understand that support and assistance are available.

While often associated with combat veterans, PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. We all face daily stressors, such as looming deadlines at work, the car breaking down, paying bills, etc. Many of us have also faced more serious or consequential life events, including marriage/divorce, buying a new home and even losing a job. While these events can affect people differently, they are not a root cause of PTSD.

Symptoms of those afflicted with PTSD can include nightmares, trouble focusing on tasks, insomnia, guilt, isolation and a tendency to avoid things that remind them of the traumatic event (which can include smells, sounds and other triggers). These symptoms can lead those with PTSD to feel misunderstood and even afraid to tell others because they don’t want to be treated differently. They don’t want sympathy, but they do need treatment and support to help them overcome their symptoms. Telling someone with PTSD to “get over it” doesn’t help; offering to connect them to some of the many available resources does.

For veterans, the resources available to learn more about PTSD are numerous, including Disabled American Veterans, PsychArmor Institute, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and the Wounded Warrior Project. Non-veterans can learn more at Faces of PTSD and the PTSD Alliance. These sites describe the symptoms and, most importantly, can show those with PTSD and their families how and where to find support.

We understand what it takes to support those recovering from PTSD after a serious traumatic event and work to find the best match between caregiver and client. We can also be of help to the family caregiver, should they need a break — offering transportation services to medical appointments, run errands or just enjoy a day out.

We work with you to develop a unique care plan to meet your family’s needs.

The Exceptional Caregivers at Home Helpers are experienced to offer companion care, personal care, medical alert solutions, transportation services and more to individuals recovering from PTSD.

For more information on Home Helpers, please contact us at 208-234-2380 or visit HomeHelpersHomeCare.com and schedule a free consultation.

The office is located at 353 E. Lander Street in Pocatello, ID.

Teresa Nelson, MBA, CSA, CDP is the owner of Home Helpers Home Health and Senior Care, serving Eastern Idaho and Northern Utah.