How can I help a veteran cope?

Many veterans return home after months of service in war-torn countries or peace keeping missions with anxiety disorders, depression and other health conditions.

Many of these conditions require a lifetime of care and medication to help veterans cope and re-enter civilian life.

There are ways to make the transition back to civilian life a bit easier through positive coping skills.

There are ways to make the transition back to civilian life a bit easier through positive coping skills.

Step 1

Talk to a doctor to find out what you can do to help the veteran relieve distress.

Step 2

Encourage the veteran to follow the doctor's instructions to benefit from any therapy or medication prescribed to help him or her move forward. This treatment combination can be successful in helping veterans cope after such a stressful experience.

Step 3

Help the veteran take care of him/herself. Be sure they get proper rest, eat a healthy well-balanced diet and exercises regularly.

Step 4

Monitor behaviours to make sure the veteran avoids self-medicating with drugs and alcohol as a way of numbing feelings to cope with anxiety and other emotional scars. This is dangerous and can lead to more problems down the road.

Step 5

Learn new ways to help manage anxiety and reduce stress. When anxiety creeps up, encourage the veteran to take a long, brisk walk, work out or engage in an enjoyable hobby for a healthy, calming release.

Step 6

Have the veteran join a support group and talk to others with similar experiences to begin healing and gaining reassurance. Ask your doctor to help you locate a veterans group in your area to help the veteran cope.

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