Much like a soldier returning from battle, spouses who have been betrayed in relationships often suffer the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Recent research shows that support groups are a vital element of PTSD recovery.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms as result of your spouse’s betrayal, you may be suffering from PTSD:
- Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections or dreams of the event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions.
- Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations, and dissociative flashback episodes,including those that occur upon awakening or when intoxicated).
- Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event.
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
Common responses to traumatic events include:
- Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma
- Efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma
- Inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma
- Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
- Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others
- Restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings)
- Sense of foreshortened future (e.g., does not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span)
- American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (Revised 4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.