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

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4. IT’S SEPARATE FROM PTSD FOR A REASON.PTRS occurs as a result of severe trauma like in PTSD, but there are significant distinctions between the two. They have different causes as already mentioned. The other main difference is in the way individuals cope with their trauma. In PTSD sufferers, they often repress traumatic memories, which is called “avoidance coping.” In those with PTRS, it’s the opposite—sufferers often think obsessively about past trauma, so it’s called “emotion-focused coping.” Since victims are affected differently, the treatment for the two syndromes is also approached in distinct ways.

5. UNFORTUNATELY, ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS ARE EXTREMELY COMMON.According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline website, about three in ten women and one in ten men have been physically or sexually abused by a partner and have had trouble functioning as a result. Also, nearly half of all people in the US have experienced “mental aggression” by a romantic partner at some point in their lives. These numbers prove that abuse in relationships is common and that PTRS should be taken seriously.

6. YOU MIGHT BE AFFECTED BEFORE YOU REALIZE WHAT’S HAPPENING.Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Chronic verbal or emotional abuse alone can trigger PTRS. For instance, when victims are consistently torn down by their partners over a period of time or are threatened with consequences if they decided to leave, they can develop the disorder. The abuse may not even be very obvious at first and could escalate slowly into more intense emotional abuse or sexual and physical violence. relationships,relationships,relationships

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