Post-traumatic stress can greatly affect your life

Trauma can come in many forms. Some people experience trauma after being involved in car accidents or serving in war zones. Others may experience trauma after going through other particularly difficult events, such as an abusive marriage or harsh divorce.

It is not uncommon for people who have suffered through harrowing scenarios to find themselves having post-traumatic stress disorder. While the first image that comes to your mind when hearing about PTSD may be of a soldier returning from a war-torn area, it is also possible for individuals who have suffered abuse throughout their marriages to have PTSD.

Traumatic stress

In some cases, PTSD-like symptoms could also occur as a result of the divorce itself. Post-divorce trauma could present itself in various ways, including the following signs:

  • Experiencing intrusive thoughts or dreams about your divorce
  • Carrying out avoidance behaviors
  • Feeling paranoid
  • Having a hard time sleeping
  • Participating in risky or destructive behavior
  • Having less interest in once-loved activities
  • Thinking overly negative thoughts about yourself
  • Blaming yourself for the divorce, abuse or both
  • Feeling alone and isolated from others
  • Experiencing aggression or irritability easily

While these symptoms could result from a long and difficult divorce itself, they may also be more prevalent if the marriage also caused a considerable amount of stress. Facing serious threats of harm for years could easily make even just the idea of ending the marriage more stressful and frightening.

Serious concerns

You may think it overly dramatic to say that divorce could cause post-traumatic stress symptoms or that PTSD could stem from an abusive relationship. However, the psychological effects that abuse and exceedingly stressful situations can have can easily prove detrimental to your well-being. As a result, it may prove wise to take steps to have your symptoms assessed and to obtain the help you need to take care of your mental and physical health.

Having help through divorce

Of course, if you already suffer from post-traumatic stress symptoms due to an abusive relationship, you may feel as if filing for divorce is not even a possibility for you. However, you do have the option of gaining information and assistance for taking this step forward. Working with a Colorado attorney experienced in handling cases involving individuals with PTSD may help you feel more comfortable as you explore your available legal options for seeking a new lease on life.

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