How Does Trauma Hurt Relationships? >>> How do trauma & PTSD symptoms challenge relationships?

How do trauma & PTSD symptoms challenge relationships?

Sleep Disturbances:

Insomnia, nightmares, or panic attacks.


Anger outbursts, hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle response.


Decreased interest in activities or fear of leaving home.

Poor problem solving skills:

Silence, rage or hostile exits rather than problem solving and talking out issues. Often makes a "mountain out of a mole hill" because of confusion between the past and present.


Minimizing, or rationalizing the impact the symptoms are having on the relationship.

Confusion and anger when confronted with evidence that the relationship is in danger.

Mental health problems:

Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness,


shame, depression, anxiety, guilt, fear, rage and fear of being touched, losing time and confusion.

Behavioral problems:

Problems in relationships; sexual dysfunction; poor work history; problems with the law; physical or verbal abuse of children and partners.

Addictive behaviors:

Substance abuse; eating disorders; gambling; compulsive spending; compulsive saving; sexual promiscuity or sexual anorexia, internet porn and high risk behaviors.

Suicidal and Homicidal ideation or attempts:

Symptoms may include: stress, depression, anxiety or panic, shame or guilt, brooding or worrying, trouble sleeping, not caring anymore, fears, nightmares, bad temper, history of violence, poor self-image, relationship problems.

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