In the wake of Sunday’s piano debacle, I did a lot of internet searching Monday about PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks. It took all day for me to shake the effects of the morning. This is such a common problem, not just among rape survivors, but for people in general.
Mr. OneWoman suffers greatly from an anxiety disorder, as does our oldest son. We’re quite a family 🙂 It is so difficult to be the partner/supporter/loved one of someone suffering through this battle. I found a wonderful article at sometimesmagical. Since so many rape survivors have these issues, I felt it was definitely worth sharing with you.
I know our loved ones are often at a loss for how best to help us. It can be a heartrending experience, that helpless feeling you get when the one you love most is in the midst of a panic attack. The article gives very practical advice, and points out that every person is different and what works for one person may not work for another.
I particularly liked the idea of having a plan in place ahead of time. I am going to start thinking through what I feel would be the best thing for Hubby to do the next time I have an episode like this. This is an article I feel you should definitely have your supporters read. I hope you find some ideas that work for you.
Wishing you a calm, peaceful evening. I’m going to go build myself a nest 🙂