The symptoms and co-occurring mental health conditions associated with PTSD can often affect a person's relationships.
People experiencing PTSD symptoms may encounter difficulties in relationships as a result of the following:
- Lack of intimacy
- Poor communication and social withdrawal
- Inappropriate anger, hostility and mistrust toward others
- - Sometimes demonstrated as exceptionally high expectations of other family members
- Low self esteem
- Low confidence in the ability to cope with stress and emotions
- Mood swings which are associated with impulsive behaviour
A person with PTSD may appear pre-occupied, and feel isolated or misunderstood while they are still coming to terms with traumatic events. In addition, families can sometimes feel helpless and find it difficult to understand their avoidance of everyday activities and altered mood states. A supportive family environment can help to prevent the exacerbation of PTSD symptoms.
Looking after your mental health can help you get along better with your family and friends, and it can also help them to support you. If you are concerned about, or experiencing any of the above issues you can seek further guidance and support from your doctor who may refer you to a counsellor or registered mental health practitioner.