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Understanding the Impact of PTSD on Relationships

Insights into the impact PTSD has on relationships and ways to provide support for individuals and their loved ones affected by PTSD.
— by Kyle Lakey


PTSD, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition characterized by the deterioration of mental health following a traumatic event. It can have an impact on a person’s well-being long after the event, and it’s estimated that PTSD becomes a lifelong condition for more than 6% of US adults.

Diagnosing PTSD can be challenging as it involves evaluating an individual’s mental state, and different psychiatrists may have varying opinions. For instance, while one psychiatrist may diagnose someone with PTSD, another may attribute their symptoms to extreme anxiety or other conditions like borderline personality disorder. The severity of symptoms could also signal a different variant called complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD is becoming more and more common in the United States. It is unclear whether this is due to increased awareness and recognition or due to an actual increase in traumatic events experienced in the last few years. However, it is important to gain a better understanding of PTSD and its impact. If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing PTSD, seeking multiple professional opinions is of utmost importance.