When most people get married, they do not expect to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as part of their marriage. But spouses of military veterans or others who have suffered life-threatening events such as car accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic experiences, may realize that their spouse is still suffering psychologically, even if any physical symptoms are healed.
PTSD can cause many symptoms that are distressing and difficult to control such as intrusive memories (flashbacks), nightmares, and being unable to sleep. To read the full list of PTSD symptoms, you can access the full article here.
PTSD and relationships
PTSD causes considerable stress that will inevitably affect the sufferer’s relationships. Usually, the entire family is affected by a family member’s PTSD. Emotional outbursts of anxiety or anger can erode relationships and cause significant stress that may not have been there in the past. The symptoms create a feeling of distance and a lack of connection and trust.
PTSD and secondary disorders
PTSD often co-occurs with substance abuse or other mental health issues such as intense anxiety and/or depression. As a result, both the marriage as well as professional relationships can become damaged. Additionally, some people with PTSD turn to alcohol in order to numb symptoms. This can lead to “problem drinking” and can also cause problems in many areas of life. Alcohol abuse has a significant impact on relationships, physical health, and one’s job or career.
Therapy can help
Therapy can help with trauma and PTSD symptoms. Marriage counseling sessions can also assist the couple to understand how PTSD is affecting the relationship and how to repair the damage, as well as build a strong foundation for the future.
Reach out today to Jan Robles for empathetic, warm, and interactive-styled therapy. Jan can help you start a new path, by learning to work through PTSD as well as the associated problems and stress it can bring to relationships. Call now or fill out the form and click Send.