Can someone with PTSD hurt you?
Living with someone who has PTSD You may be hurt by your loved one’s distance and moodiness or struggling to understand their behavior—why they are less affectionate and more volatile. You may feel like you’re walking on eggshells or living with a stranger.
What is it like dating someone with PTSD?
People with PTSD experience difficult beliefs and feelings. They may feel like no one understands them, or that they cannot trust anyone. They may blame themselves for the traumatic event, or feel other highly intense emotions such as guilt, sadness and shame.
What should you not say to someone with PTSD?
What not to say to someone with complex PTSD
- Get over it.
- People have been through worse.
- You’re overreacting.
- But that was so long ago.
- Things weren’t that bad.
- My friend went through something similar, and she got over it.
- You’re too sensitive.
- You just have to face your fears.
What can PTSD do to a person?
People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people.
How do you show love to someone with PTSD?
Here are few that may help you or your partner with PTSD:
- Seek individual therapy as a partner of someone with PTSD.
- Encourage your partner to attend individual therapy with a PTSD specialist.
- Attend couples therapy.
- Find support groups for people with PTSD or their loved ones.
What triggers someone with PTSD?
Triggers can include sights, sounds, smells, or thoughts that remind you of the traumatic event in some way. Some PTSD triggers are obvious, such as seeing a news report of an assault. Others are less clear. For example, if you were attacked on a sunny day, seeing a bright blue sky might make you upset.
How can you tell if someone has PTSD?
Common symptoms of PTSD
- vivid flashbacks (feeling like the trauma is happening right now)
- intrusive thoughts or images.
- intense distress at real or symbolic reminders of the trauma.
- physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling.