Because many people with PTSD are scared to seek professional help, she recommends both partners start with peer support groups. It's not your job to fix your partner's problem, but you can still be supportive. Dating someone with PTSD is different for every couple, and it's not always easy to interact with friends and family members who don't understand your partner's condition. I've been tempted many times to yell at friends and acquaintances for being thoughtless and putting Omri in painful situations.
They insisted on driving through Qalandiya, a Palestinian neighborhood where Omri once fought, even though he begged them multiple times to take a different route home. When I arrived back at home, he was jumpy and chain-smoking. His voice shook, words tumbling out between labored breaths. His eyes roamed wildly in their sockets, never focusing on anything in particular. Even hours later, he still couldn't stand still or speak normally.
I asked Omri if he wanted to talk about Qalandiya. So I sat with him while he smoked, neither of us saying a word. The best form of support I could offer Omri was my silence. If nothing else, in all our years together, that's the one scrap of wisdom I've gained about dating someone who's experienced trauma: There are still things he will choose not to tell me, and I am OK with that. And, while his trauma is a language I can't speak, sometimes you don't need to translate the lyrics to share the emotions behind a song.
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Yes, I know this "mistrust of self" you speak of. I want so much to know which part is pre-war and which part of my good friend is post-war. His family is no help to me. They call him lazy, retarded and say that he only wants to live life as a movie. They do not understand. I am so confused because he cannot figure out what to do with his future We label our relationship as friends, but we both know we are truly soul-mates.
His high moral values, kind heart and commitment of concern for others is truly an inspiration to me. Yesterday, he checked into the VA psych unit. When I walked out of the hospital, I didn't know what I was supposed to do next. I had to remind myself to get something to eat and get gas for the car.
I cried all last night and this morning. This is the second time he's been in the hospital and I'm very proud he's asking for help. He opens up to me, but I'm the only one. I see how much this is affecting me and I'm scared on so many levels. This is an amazing man who deserves the right to understand himself and the world around him. I know I need to this time to take care of ME while he is in the hospital, but I'm having a hard time controlling my thoughts. All thoughts seem to go back to him.
Sounds like compassion fatigue. Compassion and empathy are some of the most intense connections people can experience. It's normal to feel lost in your position right now. You have been the support for one another and he is not there. He opens up to you because of the empathetic connection, empathy is a great tool in helping us heal.
But, it can take a toll on you in the form of emotional burnout or compassion fatigue. My advice would be to read and learn about what to expect on dating and living with a combat veteran with PTSD. You mentioned his values and principles. This might be a time to look at your own and reaffirm them. I had a hard time with values and principles because the concept had never been introduced to me until I was in my late thirties.
If you are like me then it could be time to research. The other suggestion you already know and said it yourself. Take time for yourself and reincorporate the stuff in your life that you need. Find creative outlets and journaling can help with collecting your thoughts. The act of writing may diffuse the repetitive thoughts. Get involved with an online support group, I suggest Family of a Vet.
You can find their button on this page. If you want to help your veteran heal, then you must have or learn good self-care practices. I am struggling to keep a relationship alive despite these , problems. I was honest and upfront with my issues , before we got serious. She claimed she understood. Now she claims , I am wooden, I don 't express myself. I am not affectionate enough. I think at times are we in the same experience or time zone. I try and even push myself. I tell her how I feel, but she says what I say , and what i do are degrees apart. She goes off on me about every other week about some picky thing about me.
I know , I am somewhat protective after all I have been through. I barely survived the TBI , which case given me some cognitive problems. I spent 6 months in rehab after a month in a coma.
I am at a loss. I am almost ready to quit on this relationship , because I do think , she is not up to it , and I wont do anything right. Quitting is not my nature, however, we are getting nowhere but more hurt and more damged. He has depression and social anxiety, so it's been difficult getting through to him lately. But just during the few wonderful times we've spent together, I truly know he's the one for me. He's had a hard time dating because a lot of women don't see past his challenges.
I can see straight into his heart. And there I see the most loving, kind, intelligent, funny, creative, gentle, brave and handsome man I've ever met in my life. I know he's going through a very hard time right now I pray for him every single day, morning and night. He's always on my mind. I won't ever give up on him or ever stop praying for his full recovery and restoration.
I would give anything to hear him laugh, see his amazing smile and stare into his beautiful brown eyes again. One day with him would be worth a lifetime of waiting I am at the same boat right now. I miss him so much when he has those moments, because he totally blocks me out. I posted on my Facebook page looking for more people to comment and come in here and offer support.
Hi, I would love to chat with you! I just met a man 2 weeks ago and your story is the exact same as what I am going through right now! I would love to hear from you! My email address is jessica. I met a man who was a soldier in Iraq for 4 years,about a month ago. Both looking for long term commitment. He is no longer in the army since 7 years ago. We are both in our late 20's. The first week we were texting every day. He opened up a lot to me, he was very charming, making plans, calling me sweet names, saying he was there for me when I needed him He told me that he hated it when he was in the army, that he almost killed himself.
He told me his ex wife left him with their son when he came back from the army and that it was a very hard time for him. Anyway, we started sending videos of ourselves to each other since we don't live close by. He told me how beautiful and intelligent I was Then the next day he texted me asking what I was up to..
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I told him my plans for the evening and then did not hear back from him for 4 days. I kept sending a few messages, asking if he was ok and that if he was not interested anymore i'd love to stay friends. He answered, Apologizing and saying he had a lot on his mind and a lot of stress. I said I understand.
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Days passed we would text but I was the one always initiating it. He would say He does not deserve me at times and leave it at that when I asked him why. The communication was not at all like it used to be. I sent him a lengthy email, no answer. Few days later I tried again to get a response from him and to tell me that it was ok if he was not interested he could just tell me.
I shared my feelings for him as well. Finally,I had a missed call from him, he then replied with a lengthy message telling me about his uncontrollable depression, that he feels worthless and does not know what to do. That he feels crucified but that instead of being in physical pain he is bleeding emotionally. That he is full of anxiety, self loath and that he hates his reflection in the mirror, he is lost,trapped.
He said that he thinks the army did this to him and that he was not like that before, that he used to be free of all this. He said that he wants me to know that he has love for me and checks his email daily in hope of receiving another video from me. He said to not think I am in any way at fault for his sparse and strange behavior, that he wishes he was like he used to be;he'd be able to make me his wife and be fulfilled in every way , that he would die by my side instead of alone because that was the path he is on.
I said I was happy that he shared that with me and I felt sad for him to think that way of himself. I can only imagine what he going through He told me he was honored by me thinking of him and that i was so beautiful and understanding. Asking me how my day was. I asked him then if we could talk on the phone later maybe.
Anyway, i texted again for the next few days asking how he was. I asked him if maybe we could see each other in person soon. So again I sent a few lengthy messages,telling how confused I was and did not know what to think I dont deserve you, I'm sorry. Im even scared to talk to you. I did not hear back from him for two days now. I am really confused. I would love to build a future with this man. I felt that he is like no other Any advice are appreciated, please. Should I keep on trying? I also told him that if he wants me to leave him alone to just tell me.
But he never said so. I wonder what he is going through in his own mind. Is he scared to hurt my feelings by not telling me he is not interested. Are his depression and anxiety an excuse or he really feels that way? I feel that my needs are not being met as well. That he is ignoring me,I am not giving up because I still feel that he wants me since he never said he did not. He is all I think about everyday now.
Is there also anything I can do for him? Should i keep on contacting him? He is the man of my dreams he is kind,smart,funny and very compassionate everything I ever wanted. He broke up with me last week,it was devesating. Well he agreed to meet and talk with me as I felt something just wast right.
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He is definitely suffering from anxiety and the PTSD and shows all the classic signs. He wants to be alone and states it not fair to me since he doesn't understand why he feels so overwhelmed. I think he believes he doesn't deserve love to which he has had some bad past experiences. I will not give up on him, he deserves love and patience and loyalty. This man has given up so much for me and millions of others and I owe it to him and stand by him and love him in with compassion and empathy. But I need tis on how to help and what not to do.
I have been dating an Iraq combat vet for about 7 weeks now. I'm having a hard time reading him cause he backs out of plans and I make it about me. I have told myself that it's not. But we are not serious enough for me to feel confident that it's not me.
I had an episode this weekend where I fainted and he took care of me all night and took me around to get meds and the dr. I think his survival mode kicked in. Can do with me give me advice on what to do? Do I just wait on him to make plans? Or would he like me to initiate? I'm a rescuer by nature so I'm up for the challenge. I just don't want to be pushy. Make your plans that can either include him or not Don't think you can depend on him for anything in that short time.
Plan to do things without him I have been dating a Iraq combat vet for a little over a year. He warned me that sometimes he likes to be left alone and not text or call.
We were supposed to be getting a house together renting this month or next and he has completely stalled on that. He has migraines a lot, and last week he was put on medication for high blood pressure. Is this all normal of a PTSD sufferer? He needs sleeping pills to get a good nights sleep Lack of sleep isn't good for anyone so I would imagine it would heighten any issues