PTSD – Symptoms of Avoidance
Partner of yours may simply avoid locations and people that are similar or remind of the traumatic event. Additionally, despite the fact that you might want to talk about what had happened, which is likely to be useful for your partners, he/she is likely to avoid this type of discussions. While they are identifiable signs and symptoms of avoidance, your partner is likely to display other symptoms of avoidance that you might never guessed. Symptoms include hardship recalling important details of the traumatic event, feeling distant from other people, feeling as though life is over, and inability or difficulty to experience positive feelings like joy, love or happiness.
In fact, due to post traumatic stress disorder, your partner is likely to feel nothing more than a mind-numbing numbness. Due to this void, there is loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, which includes sex. Your partner may express little or no interest or need for sex. Erectile difficulties can result in men as a result of the numbness, and could be a reason to lie in order to avoid having sex with you. Such difficulties may cause the partner to avoid showing any form of attraction or affection in order to avoid the partner wanting to have intimate contact. This really is unquestionably both embarrassing and upsetting for him/her. Inability or fear of inability to perform in bed may result in trials of getting into sexual contact with other people, to avoid the possible embarrassment with the partner. Your partner may go after other women/men not because he/she is no longer interested in you, but to ascertain if he/she is able to even have an experience of those feelings once again.
Some of the other good examples of avoidance are:
- A war veteran is likely not to have interest in watching television or war movies depicting war. For instance, a World War II war veteran who once took part in the Battle of the Bulge decides not to watch anything that is related to war.
- A person raped while being inside a hotel may likely never want to go to a hotel again.
- A veteran from the Iraq War is likely to refuse to visit the beach – though once he was fond of both sand and surfing.
- A plane crash survivor may decide never to travel by air again. A war veteran who would like to avoid noisy crowds may decide not to visit sporting events, concerts and other public events he enjoyed before.
- A rape victim is likely to stay away from sex, and could gain a lot of weight in order to discourage men from being attracted to her sexual beauty.
- A post traumatic stress disorder sufferer may decide not to take up on a challenging, good salary job, if the position would require dealing with a lot of people. Something less exclusive, so he/she is able to work alone may be preferred.