The effects of PTSD on a relationship

The effects of PTSD on a relationship

There seems to be statistics for everything -Statistics for PTSD in children, in teens, in adults, in the armed forces, PTSD from bullying – the list goes on and on, but what it does not tell you is the human and real impact on each one of the numbers.

Whilst researching this feature I came across one set of statistics that caught my imagination.  According to the following statistic is correct:

  • Diagnosis  in the USA for post-traumatic stress disorder; 9,791,999 per year, 815,999 per month, 188,307 per week, 26,827 per day, 1,117 per hour, 18 per minute.

These figures are just for the USA, so imagine what they would read if broken down in this way across the world.

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PTSD does not just effect the person struggling with the condition, it effects their loved ones too. It can be very difficult to see a loved one suffering, it can also be that the suffer seems different and experiences different character traits. It may seem the one you fell in love with has changed or is not there any more, but please know PTSD can be overcome and many relationships survive stronger.

Dealing with PTSD in a relationship

Many relationships seem to start to unravel when faced with the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The sufferer can be overwhelmed with the feelings of stress, anxiety and fear. A sufferer may almost feel it easier to walk away from a relationship, as this can be seen as one less thing to 'worry about' or because they feel a sense of guilt, but please know PTSD can be overcome and if a relationship is meant to be, it can survive.

The partners of those suffering with PTSD may see such a dramatic change in their loved one that they feel they cannot cope with the new character, but again, this can be temporary and working together as a couple can aid recovery and help get back the people who fell in love in the first place.

Working together

The key to keeping a relationship together under these circumstances is the desire to work it through and ultimately to stay together. 

Recognising symptoms and understanding them can really help a couple know what they may expect and how to cope. Getting a diagnosis can really be the start of understanding and a road to recovery. Being open and honest with each other, experssing your needs in a non-judgemental and caring way can help in the difficult times. 

Seeking the help you need, counselling both as a couple and individually, can make a very big difference. There are support groups, books, websites and professional people who can help, find what is on offer in your area, community and feeling that you are not alone can help your relationship.

Help is at hand and your relationship can survive and flourish again.

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