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Strategies for Protecting Your Relationships When Challenges Get in the Way


Relationships with friends, family members, and co-workers can have a major impact on your everyday life.

The love, support, and friendship of people who care about you can enhance the good times and may help you get through the bad.

But certain life challenges, such as experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder, financial troubles, or a job loss, can put a strain on any relationship – no matter how close it is.

Look out for signs that your relationships are under stress

Many people need time to adjust after an intense experience or major change in their lives. Sometimes the stresses of adjusting contribute to family problems or relationship issues.

You may want to reach out for help if you’re experiencing any of the following feelings and behaviors or noticing them in someone that you know:

·        Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out

·        Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings

·        Feeling like there is no reason to live

·        Rage or anger

·        Engaging in risky activities

·        Increasing alcohol or drug abuse

·        Withdrawing from family and friends

What can I do about family and relationship issues?

There are several steps you can take to help relieve the stress on your relationships. Start by trying to:

·        Get the right amount of sleep.

·        Maintain a healthy diet.

·        Make a communication plan for expressing your thoughts and feelings with those you care about; think about what you want to say and how to say it.

·        Listen to what others who care about you have to say.

·        Find something social to do – this may be a hobby, volunteer work, or participation in worship services.

·        Pace your social involvement and family activities; don’t overdo it or overwhelm yourself.

·        Discover how to spend time with others in ways that aren’t too emotionally or physically demanding.


PTSD Coach-Mobile APP or On-Line

The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. Features include:

  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
  • Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms
  • Direct links to support and help
  • Always with you when you need it

Providing you with facts and self-help skills based on research

Download the mobile app

Free PTSD Coach download from:
iTunes (iOS)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site. and Google Play (Android)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.

Also see PTSD Coach ONLINE for desktop use: choose from 17 tools.



PTSD Coach was created by the VA’s National Center for PTSD in partnership with the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

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