The bombings in this year's Boston Marathon and the stressful criminal investigation that has followed over the last couple of weeks has shaken the country. In particular, terrorist acts threaten our sense of security and make us hug our loved ones a little tighter. Traumatic events like these can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating mental health disorder, in people. It not only affects the victims, but it affects their loved ones, first responders on the scene and the general public watching it all unfold on the television screen.
So how do you know that your partner was severely impacted by a traumatic and terrifying event? Here are the tell-tale signs to watch for.
1. Your S.O. suffers from flashbacks. A typical symptom of PTSD is that the victim will relive the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time. He/she may be haunted by nightmares that play over and over again like an endless reel in his/her mind.
2. Your S.O. is an insomniac. Your significant other may have a hard time falling or staying asleep after a nightmare, but this kind of sleep deprivation will only weaken his/her already fragile state of mind, so try to encourage your partner to fall back to sleep.
3. Your S.O. lashes out. Everyday activities may cause drastic mood swings without prompting. Maybe your husband is easily frustrated by small mishaps or your wife is more controlling when she's usually laidback. Curbing this sudden change in mood in your significant other is very important since it can lead to more harmful behavior in the future. Keep reading ...
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