Why You Can Get PTSD From An Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Emotional abuse is even worse than physical because it can often go unnoticed. We may normalize it or mask it as passionate love and make excuses for the person causing us so much emotional turmoil but at the end of the day, the effects of it are just as harmful.

Emotional abuse takes an even worse toll on us because unlike a bruise that eventually heals, emotional abuse destroys us from the inside out until we no longer even know we are, love ourselves, or know how to live a normal life. Here’s how emotionally abusive relationships can lead to PTSD effects.

Learn To Recognize The Signs

You may think that PTSD is only reserved for war veterans but you’d be surprised at just how easy it is for the brain to experience trauma with effects that can impact your behavior and emotional regulation long after the incident.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that comes with difficult symptoms that interfere with everyday life. We will dive deeper into the symptoms that are associated with emotional abuse but before we do, the first step of dealing with PTSD is recognizing the signs of a relationship that puts you at risk of it.

Some of the signs include name-calling, ridiculing you, gaslighting, invading your privacy, punishing you when they don’t get what they want, isolating or controlling your life, and making threats.