PTSD & Relationships Part 1

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can occur in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.  Domestic violence, which includes physical, sexual, or psychological abuse by a current or former partner or spouse, can be a traumatic experience that can lead to the development of PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD may include:
Re-experiencing the traumatic event through flashbacks or nightmares
Avoiding people, places, or activities that trigger memories of the event
Negative changes in mood or thinking, such as feeling detached from others, difficulty trusting others, or feeling hopeless about the future
Changes in physical and emotional reactions, such as feeling anxious or on edge, having difficulty sleeping, or experiencing angry outbursts

PTSD can affect relationships in many ways.  Some of the most important ways that PTSD can affect relationships  is difficulty with trust, communication, and emotional intimacy in their relationships.  Having difficulty in managing emotions can lead to many conflicts with their partner or children.  

It's also important for someone who has suffered from domestic violence to be in a safe environment.  If the individual in a relationship does not feel safe, she should seek help and support.  There are safe houses to go to where she can create a plan for safety.  

PTSD or domestic violence affects children affecting his social and developmental growth.  They often think the violence is their fault.   They are confused and oftentimes take eresponsibility for what their parents are doing.  

It is important for individuals who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence to seek treatment and support for this condition.  

I am a Certified EFT Relationship Coach and California Licensed Counselor with etensive training and experience in helping individuals overcome PTSD so that they can have a more fulfililng life.

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