My SO has ptsd.
I have a few questions
What is the best way to wake him? No matter what i do he always sits straight up startled when i wake him for breakfast,work.whatever.
He says he has alot of trouble keeping his mind from going to stuff hes done, it keeps him awake.
Is this normal?
Sometimes when we are sleeping and his arm is around me it will tighten really hard or he will twitch alot an and then grab me until i wake him and he jumps. Is this normal?
Once when we first got together i touched his face while he was sleeping and he punched me. He didnt even realize it until he woke up to me crying and he completely freaked out. He still hasnt really let it go...
what can i do to insure that these things dont happen?
Also do they ever talk about what happen to them? He always tells me people that have been through it know not to talk about it. That makes me ffeel uneducated abd i feeo worse about wanting to talj.
Military Life, Spouses & Community
11185 posts as navywifeinparadise
To be honest, every case of PTSD can be different in how it affects the person, Cthe people around him/her, the way they react and so forth. I can say that with some people what they have done and where they have gone will cause sleeping problems as well as other problems.
What you really should consider doing is get counseling for yourself and then as a couple if you can. If he is not getting it then he should get some as well. You should see if there is a group in your area that deals with PTSD and go to some meetings if you can. If he doesn't want to go to counseling see if there is a group for him as well where he can talk to others who have BTDT and maybe it can help.
How do you know that he has PTSD? Has he been diagnosed by the military? If so, then he should be in treatment.
PTSD or no PTSD, if he punches you in the face call the police or at least show him the door.
Good luck to you.
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