Well, the only person I've lived
with who had PTSD is myself. I do know that for me, getting hold of the depression was the hardest part, and I still struggle with it. I suppose that's why it's a disorder
, and not a disease
; there are all kinds of neuroses that are associated with it.
As for the sleep issue, I don't know what to tell you. My insomnia used to be so profound that I could go months without sleeping more than two or three hours. Now I have it intermittently, and if it lasts more than four days or so I ask my doctor for a prescription sleep aid, just to get me back on track.
The best thing that I did to solve the sleep problem was a confrontation. I confronted all of my demons and played a St. Michael on them--- I attempted to face them one on one and slay them. It was mostly successful; I cannot face my tormentors the way some others can, mine is combat-related. But I did write down the dreams and memories that were so life-intruding (as soon as I dreamed or thought of them), and in the daylight and when I was ready, I faced them. Face them. I am never ready to face them all together, en masse.
If you can get him on here to talk to the rest of us, it might help. I know it's helped me. Failing that, keep coming yourself and let us help you
. There are a bunch of kind and generous, helpful souls here.
Just wait till you hear from Grasshopper and Sid!