A circular pattern can develop that may sometimes harm relationships.
In the first weeks and months following a trauma, survivors may feel angry, detached, tense or worried in their relationships.
Trauma survivors with PTSD may have trouble with their close family relationships or friendships.
Me and a guy that I have been getting close to (slowly) both have PTSD.We aren’t in a relationship yet, because we are taking things nice and slow, which is what we both need.Approximately 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives, and up to 20 percent of these people go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.Looking at the numbers, if even half of that 20 percent who develop PTSD are involved in romantic relationships, then the number of couples coping with symptoms of PTSD can reach upwards of 15 million people.Common ways that trauma affects intimate relationships, which I have observed in my own practice, include (but are not limited to) the following: These problems can cause a relationship to end if left unaddressed.
I have often had partners of people with trauma in my office, feeling completely frustrated and alone, not knowing how to make their partner feel better and not knowing what to do to save the relationship.
These problems may affect the way the survivor acts with others.
In turn, the way a loved one responds to him or her affects the trauma survivor.
That's a lot of people wandering blindly through a corn maze, struggling to keep their connection alive.
Some of these people are my clients who come to me for PTSD counseling.
Below are some of the behaviors and practices I suggest to people in therapy and their partners as they work through trauma.