The many ways Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect you — even years after your trauma occurred — are often mysterious and hidden. The symptoms of PTSD not only hurt your ability to live life the fullest, but they can make it difficult to move on and find true love.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is defined as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it.”
When you’ve experienced a deeply painful event in your life, the effects can last for years, which can eventually damage your future relationships. Trauma survivors struggle with their relationships with family, friends, co-workers and, most notably, significant others.
PTSD can affect you years after your traumatic event has occurred and keep you from finding the true love you deserve.
Trauma can take many forms. It’s an experience of complete overwhelm where you are unable to process the event that’s occurring to you.
Some examples of traumatic events are near-death experiences, physical abuse, rape, witnessing the horror of war, and experiencing a natural disaster. In all these experiences, the body and mind can go into total overwhelm and leave you traumatized.
Although the source of the trauma is different from person to person, the lingering effects can be very similar. Traumatic events of your past can cause countless stressors in your daily life, leaving you with a fear of falling in love and building connections.
Nine of the most common PTSD symptoms include the following:
- Severe anxiety
- Distrust of others
- Constant conflict with partners
- Inability to feel close to others
- Mysterious physical symptoms
- Constant impulsive thinking
- Fear or anxiety around being vulnerable
- Fixation on worst case scenarios
- Uncontrollable emotional outburst or withdrawals
These are strong indicators that the damaging event from your past is still playing out and affecting your relationships. Thus, you would benefit from the services of a trained trauma practitioner.
Sadly, the signs of PTSD trauma affects you in deep and often mysterious ways.
Even if you have every intention of cultivating a long-term loving relationship with a partner, the symptoms of PTSD and the effects of trauma can creep in, making it hard to bond and feel safe.
The hard truth is that it’s nearly impossible to cultivate a relationship built on love, connection, and safety with another person when you’re disconnected from these qualities within yourself.
That’s why healing unresolved trauma is a critical step for finding true love and ensuring your future happiness.
Feeling safe and supported in your own skin allows you to build positive connections with other people.
While it might feel impossible right now, the good news is you can heal from trauma.
One method is to metaphorically imagine the effects of trauma as frozen masses of energy that obstruct the free movement of your life force. This feeling of frozen or stuck trauma energy within you is one of the hallmark symptoms of trauma. Once it’s released, a natural flow of love and connection with others is restored.
Once this traumatic energy is dissolved and released, you essentially remove the barriers holding you back from participating in life and close relationships more fully.
When you finally heal from the painful experiences of your past the whole world opens up to you in a new way.
It truly is a gift beyond words.