[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and I want to talk about 3 easy things
that family members and friends, caretakers can do to support a loved one with traumatic brain injury or PTSD.
First thing is just be generally supportive.
Understand that they may not be or act like the same person they used to.
This is all part of the development process, all part of the healing process.
So maybe they get more agitated, maybe they get more frustrated.
Be a little bit more patient.
The second thing is really be empathetic and try and understand where they're coming from.
Take a look at how their life has changed or how they're affected,
whether it's a physical injury, a physical disability, whether it's an emotional or a cognitive disability.
Take it from the perspective of their lens, their eyes, and see how the life around them has changed from their viewpoint,
and take a look at how you understand that better and take a look at how you interact with that better.
That's one thing that's very helpful.
The other thing is encourage them to get help and support.
Don't take this all on yourself.
Just because you're a caretaker or a family member or a best friend, battle buddy
doesn't mean that you're the sole provider for their recovery.
Encourage your loved one to go out and seek care from qualified medical professionals,
from the other veterans and service members community.
Maybe there's something on base that's going on.
Maybe it's a VFW or American Legion event that's going on off base.
Encourage them to take proactive steps and reintegrate into that community
and get help through people who understand where they've come from and where they've been.
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Adam offers advice to caregivers of a loved one with TBI and/or PTSD — from simply trying to see how that person's life has changed to helping him get involved in confidence-boosting activities.