Ever since I made my youtube video ‘How does PTSD affect intimate relationships’, I have had so many of you contact me with questions about how to cope and support your partners. The reality is that it takes a very strong person to love someone who lives with PTSD, as they also live with it indirectly.
Loving someone with PTSD can easily takes its’ toll on the relationship and on the partner doing all the supporting. It can affect intimacy, communication & the expression of emotion.
The person with PTSD may not be able to work full time or may not be able to work at all.
It is of course very different for each individual relationship, as the severity of the PTSD is unique to each individual.
The most important thing to remember is that both partners have to practice self-care..
The one doing the supporting can also end up suffering from depressive episodes or anxiety..They may also generally feel mentally exhausted..
Breaks are very important and the partner of someone with PTSD, may at times need to take a mental holiday away from their partner..This is completely OK and almost necessary for the survival of the relationship.
Thanks so much for reading and please share this post if you think it may help someone!
Love Athina ♥♥
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