Having post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD in the mix of a relationship has the potential to make things complicated. It can cause misunderstanding and misinterpreting of situations. Here are some tips on how to make it work from someone who has it. No relationship can work without communication, but it is especially important when someone is dealing with PTSD. Make sure each of you feel comfortable enough to talk openly and freely to each other.
Dating Someone with Complex PTSD: Healing and Growing With Your Partner
Dating Someone with PTSD: Depression, Anxiety, and More
When you suffer from post-war PTSD dating can be challenging. It had been a long time since he had the guts to approach a woman and ask her out. Before he was deployed, he had no problem asking a female classmate to go to a movie. He was a handsome guy, well built, an average student with a great smile. When he returned from battle-torn Iraq seven months later, the picture was different. Very different. His desire to be with others, men or women, was diminished.
What It's Really Like Dating Someone with PTSD
From a member: I'm dating someone who has PTSD. We have been together for almost seven months. He has been out of the Army for about five years or so, he toured in Iraq Afghanistan and Kuwait for a total of like 44 months he maxed out his time overseas His PTSD has progressed each time he went and it is progressively getting worse now that he is home.
Having PTSD can be the result of a variety of things. 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.