Boyfriend Speaks – My Detachment and Avoidance Impact him the Most.
Both partners may suffer from a sense of exhaustion because PTSD burns up energy like nothing else.As has been widely documented across successive conflicts combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often has dire long-term consequences upon interpersonal relationships.Rates of divorce and separation among combat veterans tend to exceed those prevalent within the general population. The past couple of days he has been going through a rough spell. I don't know a whole lot about PTSD and would like some advice on what to expect and not to expcet. I am seriously thinking about making a commitment with this man.In How PTSD Disrupts Relationships – Part 1- The Relationship Foundation we looked at some ways PTSD may affect the foundation, the basement and floor, of a relationship.Now I want to look more at how PTSD affects the “relationship house” that two people build on the foundation.He gazed up at me, his eyes wet, his pupils swollen like black olives.The noise clearly carried a different meaning for him, one I didn’t understand.“Every day, we started cursing at two, shooting rubber bullets by four, and live ammunition by six,” he said.The first time he shot a man dead, Omri told me, he cried.They share less of their thoughts and feelings with their partners.They and their spouses also report more worry around intimacy issues.He slowly took another puff of his cigarette, careful to steady his shaking hands.