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Don’t Let This Be Happening

I’m watching a relationship crumble and I just don’t feel that there is anything more I can do for it. At some point I will try to figure out how I could have done better, how I could have been more patient, more understanding…how I could have done more, but I’ve done the best I…

Relationships with PTSD: Can They Be Successful?

According to the National Center for PTSD (Department of Veteran’s Affairs), “Trauma survivors with PTSD may have trouble with their close family relationships or friendships. The symptoms of PTSD can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving. These problems may affect the way the survivor acts with others. In turn, the way a…

That Is My Fault

Relationships with PTSD are hard, and not the least because PTSD isn’t a constant, it’s a changing condition. For me it got worse before it got better, but that’s the overall picture. I can go weeks without severe symptoms, or I can’t go two days without severe symptoms. And I never really know which it…

Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries

If boundaries are new to you, or new again (because if you live with PTSD you’ve had your boundaries obliterated and may need to reestablish them), here’s where to start. I had no idea what “boundaries” meant, at least not in the terms I was hearing them used. I had been called a people pleaser,…

Living with PTSD: Relationships

The grief of not feeling supported in your illness is intolerable. I know. I’ve been there. I am there. Very few people in my life are able to or willing to support me, and no one within my immediate vicinity. For me, it’s the hardest thing about PTSD to live with. And yet I’ve had…