How PTSD and Relationships affect a person

PTSD and relationships can affect important areas of one’s life, such as trust, communication, and feeling close to another person. This may result in a person:

  • Experiencing difficulties with intimacy
  • Not feel relaxed with other people
  • Have difficulty handling emotions
  • Be self-focused managing PTSD, which can take the focus away from loved ones
  • Be overly protective of loved ones preventing them from living their lives to the fullest


Making life even harder, PTSD often occurs with other issues, including other types of anxiety disorders, depression, or substance abuse.


However, PTSD is often caused by relationship-based trauma, which could make it more difficult to feel comfortable in other relationships.


Relationship-based causes of PTSD can include:

  • Sexual abuse or assault
  • Physical abuse or assault
  • Emotional abuse
  • The injury or death of a loved one