I had to repost this...please read and share
"WHAT WE'D LIKE FAMILY & FRIENDS TO KNOW ABOUT LIVING WITH PTSD"
-Remember that my war experiences changed me. Having PTSD was not my choice, but I have to live with it.
-PTSD is real. I'm not stupid, crazy, or "faking it".
-Realize that going to crowded or noisy places makes me uncomfortable.
-Don't get upset with me when I can't remember something. My memory problem is real.
-Don't take it personally or think I am mad at YOU when I might explode or am short with you, or when I get quiet or confused. Be patient with me, it does not mean that I don't love you.
-I care about you, I do not want to hurt or harm those that I love. If I am threatening or out of control, it might be best to just leave me alone until I can calm down.
-Please respect my need for quiet. It is important to me.
-Realize that I have unpredictable highs and lows- good and bad days. And you do too.
-I need you to understand that holidays and "anniversaries" are tough times for me.
-I feel overwhelmed when you ask me a lot of questions. I will talk to you when I can.
-I may never share certain details with you because you have no way of truly understanding everything that happened. Respect that.