Relationship PTSD Is A Real Thing—Here’s What You Need To Know

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If you’re currently in or just got out of an abusive relationship, you might be negatively affected by the experience for a long time. Post-traumatic stress disorder caused by a toxic relationship is real—here’s what you need to know about it.

1. REGULAR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) IS A WELL-KNOWN PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER.We often associate the disorder with those who have served in the military and have experienced intense trauma, but these aren’t the only individuals that can experience PTSD. You can also get the disorder from childhood physical abuse, from sexual abuse or rape, from physical assault or threatened physical assault, or from an accident. And yes, you can also get a form of the syndrome from abusive relationships.

2. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.A very close friend of mine has it. She was in an emotionally abusive relationship and she still suffers from it even though it’s been years since she’s been with her ex. Classifying it as PSTD sounded overly dramatic to me when she first told me about it. Maybe I’m an insensitive friend, but I’ve always associated PTSD with people who have seen war, which is much more traumatic to me than a bad relationship. Turns out it’s real, but it’s not exactly the same as PTSD.

3. RELATIONSHIP PTSD IS CALLED POST-TRAUMATIC RELATIONSHIP SYNDROME (PTRS).Technically, relationship PTSD is called PTRS because it’s a separate disorder. PTRS is an anxiety disorder that occurs specifically after a damaging intimate relationship. It can be caused by sexual, physical, or emotional abuse by a partner. relationships,relationships,relationships

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