Here is a list of symptoms to look for in your spouse or partner which may indicate they have PTSD:
- Intrusive memories
- Re-occurring nightmares
- Intense distress or irritability
- Physical reactions such as rapid breathing, sweating, or nausea, when remembering or being reminded of the trauma
- Feeling emotionally detached from others
- Emotional numbness
- Experiencing hopelessness about the future
- Inability to remember important aspects of the traumatic event
- Arousal or anxiety symptoms
- Bouts of moodiness or anger
- Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
- A sense of being “on alert” or “on guard” – Hypervigilance
- Developing a destructive addiction
- Suicidal thoughts
How to Get Help
If you suspect that a loved one has PTSD, it’s important to seek help right away. The sooner PTSD is treated, the easier it is to overcome. PTSD can interfere with your partner’s entire life, health, relationships and work. If your partner is reluctant to seek treatment, you can find support for yourself as well.
If you have questions, take an inventory of your relationship. Is your spouse experiencing any of the above symptoms? If so, contact a mental health provider in your area for an assessment, diagnosis and plan. If your spouse is actively suicidal, get help right away. And remember, you are not alone. Help is out there for you and your spouse so that you can have a happier and healthier relationship.
If you feel you or your partner are currently suffering from PTSD, contact a mental health professional or, if you need someone to talk to, call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, and press 1.
For more information on how to help when you see signs of struggle, click here.