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PTSD can affect marriage

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that occurs following a life-threatening or life-changing event such as a serious accident, or physical or sexual assault. You and your mate didn't choose to have PTSD enter your marriage. In spite of the fact that you have no control over what has befallen you doesn't imply that you can't have a more grounded marriage.

What are the ways PTSD can affect marriage through the strain it puts on the spouse and family?

In any case, when your mate battles with PTSD, neither of you might know it. He or she conceals his emotional wounds to avoid feeling vulnerable. The anger pushes other family members away and protects the spouse from exposing the emotional scars. His or her responses just block the assistance tath really wants to mend. She or he rearranges during each time like the strolling injured.

Profound injuries might set aside some margin to appear because of multiple factors. To start with, the casualty of injury may not understand how harmed the person in question is from the danger or attack. Second, we as a whole have a characteristic propensity to conceal an injury. Assuming our arm gets injured, we naturally put our other hand over it. On the off chance that our head harms, we put our hands on the throb. Yet, when an injury is so profound we can't put our hands on it, we track down close-to-home ways of concealing it.

Post-traumatic stress disorder caused by a life-changing event could be the definitive factor for a spouse's divorce. Unfortunately, this is common in many divorce cases in the US.

What are ways a spouse can best deal with their partner having PTSD?

No matter what or how the traumatic event caused them, the pattern of PTSD symptoms is clear. If you can identify these symptoms, you could be able to help your spouse to understand how the disorder affects the marriage. The National Center for PTSD reviews the warning signs of PTSD.

The general PTSD symptom areas are:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma.
  • Changes in beliefs and mood.

Here’s what these symptoms may look like on a daily routine. Spouses with PTSD may:

  • Presents emotionally detach from interpersonal relationships and avoids interaction with the family.
  • Become emotionally numb.
  • Use anger to push away the spouse
  • Act out aggressively, both verbally and physically.
  • Avoid going out in public places because of fear.
  • They look for a clear view of doors and exits to feel safe.
  • Struggle with sleep because of fear.
  • Display addictive behavior.

These behaviors in marriages are clear signs of spousal PTSD.


Christopher N. Little is the managing attorney for CNL Law Firm, PLLC in Aurora, Colorado. His practice includes divorce, custody, child support, alimony, post-decree modifications, adoption, family violence, and other family law matters. He firmly believes in fostering a holistic client-driven atmosphere where clients are always heard, validated, and vigorously represented. Whether on the phone or in the courtroom, he consistently and passionately advocates for his client’s interests.

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