9 Signs of Post-Traumatic Relationship Disorder

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Post-traumatic stress disorder -- characterized by anxiety, distrust, nightmares, even flashbacks -- is normally associated with military veterans. It's no surprise that vets could come back from a war zone and be out of whack emotionally. But people can suffer PTSD after a variety of traumatic situations, such as being the victim of violence, sexual assault, or a terrible childhood. So what about relationships? Believe it or not, a toxic relationship can also trigger PTSD symptoms.


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Licensed psychologist and author of Emotional Unavailability Bryn Collins says she sees plenty of clients who have suffered through extremely stressful relationships and now have this disorder. Although it's not an official medical diagnosis (and it's highly unlikely an insurance company would pay to treat it), she says it is very real, and very devastating.

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One might believe that feeling upset about past relationships might signal immaturity, but this is not the case. Post-traumatic relationship disorder is a real affliction -- and it can be hard to shake if it is causing someone pain.

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Here are 9 signs that show that a person might have post-traumatic relationship disorder -- and what to do about it.

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