Distorted views of the perpetrator of the trauma Loss of faith or hope These are problematic symptoms in any situation, but in the context of a relationship, they can be even more destructive. You might feel like your partner is drifting away, isolating themselves from their support systems and sinking further down into their negative emotions and memories. Even when you reach out, they might react in an extremely emotional manner, and may become overly critical of themselves or your relationship. Given the deep-rooted nature of trauma, especially in the case of complex PTSD, it can be nearly impossible to overcome these relationship struggles without professional help. Your attempts to break through to them might be rooted in good intentions, but you might be doing more harm than good by fueling their insecurities and desire for isolation. Begin Your Recovery Journey.
Dating Someone with Complex PTSD: Healing and Growing With Your Partner
How Does PTSD Affect Relationships?
But in my experience, having PTSD from abuse emotional or physical or seeing it growing up as a kid, just always stays with you. PTSD can affect relationships in many ways, because each person experiences it differently, but similarities are still found. This can be hard to express to your partner, due to the fear of them not being able to comprehend or understand where it is coming from. This is often one of the realities of dating when you live with PTSD. PTSD can make it hard to express emotions sometimes.
I have been a nurse for 25 years and have had experiences dealing with people with just about all physical and mental conditions. In my personal life, I had relationships — both romantic and platonic — with those struggling with PTSD. The demands I have seen range anywhere between requiring a little more patience and attention to having to change my entire behavior as to not upset the applecart.
However, it also has many unique features, which give it a dual nature, in some ways more similar to some personality disorders, or other disorders such as bipolar disorder, with which it is often confused. In my work with clients who suffer from C-PTSD, I am frequently struck with how difficult it is for them to lead fulfilling lives. It is one thing to analyze symptoms like dissociation, emotional dysregulation, depression , or anxiety , but another to appreciate how they interfere with the life of C-PTSD victims on a daily basis. One of the most tragic ways that plays out is the way that C-PTSD makes it difficult for sufferers to form and sustain strong and fulfilling interpersonal relationships. While there are some people who are genuinely happiest on their own, for the vast majority, successful relationships are essential to long-term happiness and life satisfaction.