Thousands of veterans suffer during the holiday season creating hardships for the veterans and their families. But there is GOOD NEWS – there are several things that caregivers for veterans, family, and friends can do to help veterans through the holiday season.
One of the first things caregivers must do is to assess the veterans needs and things that may trigger problems for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many veterans with PTSD cannot handle large crowds in stores or restaurants. Visiting small local shops and dining at restaurants where “everyone knows the veterans name” can help the veteran feel part of the community. Shopping online is a solution for many veterans.
Holiday assistance for veterans with PTSD is a challenge for any caregiver. Veterans are often irritable around fireworks and loud sounds. These noises can produce thoughts of the situation that caused the PTSD event and trigger flashbacks for the veteran. Instead of loud New Year’s Eve parties and fireworks, the veteran may enjoy an evening with friends and family to ring in the New Year.
Veterans with PTSD may feel like outsiders during the holiday season. It’s important to inform the veteran with PTSD about all the events that may involve the veteran. For example: when the Christmas tree will be set up and taken down. Where will holiday parties be held at, what time, and who will attend.
Many Veterans are affected by Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD) during the Christmas holiday season due to the limited amount of sunlight. Veterans with PTSD are more likely to get the holiday blues that can cause additional stress leading to eating and sleeping disorders, headaches and general body pain. Veteran caregivers can make sure the veteran gets a good nights rest and eats on a regular schedule.
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