How PTSD Hurts Relationships

How PTSD Hurts RelationshipsPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can impact every aspect of your life. One of the first parts of your life to suffer from PTSD will be relationships between you and your significant other, your family and friends. However, professional treatment can help you rebuild your relationships.

How PTSD Impacts Your Relationships

Those who struggle with PTSD are often helpless as they watch their lives disintegrate. PTSD is such a powerful force that it can be all but impossible to prevent resulting problems. Without help, patients may develop problems with closeness, trust and communication with their loved ones. These problems can impact how patients interact with others and the way loved ones respond, which makes a cycle of conflict.

In the time following a traumatic event, the survivor may feel anger and detachment from everyday life. She may also refuse professional help. While most can resume close relationships once they cope with PTSD, those that don’t receive treatment can find it challenging to have relationships. Because survivors of PTSD feel irritable, anxious, depressed and are prone to panic attacks, they may be unable to relax in the company of others. The flashbacks that come with PTSD may also drive patients to avoid situations that could trigger flashbacks, which may include time with loved ones and other activities.

You should also be concerned about the following dangers of PTSD:

  • If someone with PTSD has alcoholism, the problems could extend further into relationships
  • PTSD patients can cope with rage and impulsiveness, which can minimize verbal and physical violence
  • If someone has PTSD and depression, bipolar disorder or a major health problem, then the effects can be even more pronounced

In short, PTSD can cause serious problems, so seek help as soon as your recognize this terrible problem.

Self-Medicating PTSD

Those who struggle with PTSD often try to self-medicate their symptoms by abusing drugs, alcohol or other compulsive behaviors. PTSD has a strong connection with alcoholism and drug addiction, because people use these substances to smother the panic, anxiety and other problems that come with the disorder. Unfortunately, leaning on drugs or alcohol to self-medicate symptoms only leads to tolerance, which means people need more drugs to feel better. This tolerance leads to increasing amounts of the drugs or alcohol, which can lead to further erratic and violent behavior.

Treatment for PTSD

You need professional help to treat PTSD. Dual Diagnosis treatment can address both PTSD and any drug abuse, so seek a comprehensive treatment program that offers various forms of counseling. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to find out more about PTSD treatment programs; our counselors are knowledgeable and will keep your call confidential. You don’t need to live with drug abuse and PTSD, so seek help now.