Other Complications With PTSD

Loss of Important Beliefs
Survivors may lose important beliefs when a traumatic event makes them lose faith that the world is a good and safe place.
Aggressive Behavior
Aggressive behavior toward oneself or others can result from frustration over the inability to control PTSD symptoms and feeling like they run your life. People may also become aggressive when other things that happened at the time of trauma make the person angry at the unfairness of the situation. Some people are aggressive because they grew up with people who lashed out and they were never taught other ways to cope with angry feelings. Because angry feelings may keep others at a distance, they may stop a person from having positive connections and getting help.
Anger and aggression can cause problems at work, marital and relationship problems, and loss of friendships.
Self-Blame, Guilt, and Shame
Self-blame, guilt, and shame can arise when symptoms make it hard to fulfill current responsibilities. They can also occur when people fall into the common trap of second-guessing what they did or didn't do at the time of a trauma. Many people, in trying to make sense of their experience, blame themselves. This is usually completely unwarranted and fails to hold accountable those who may have actually been responsible for the event. Self-blame causes a lot of distress and can prevent a person from reaching out for help. Sometimes, society also blames the victim of a trauma. Unfortunately, this may reinforce the survivor's hesitation to seek help.
Relationship Problems
People who have PTSD symptoms may have problems in relationships with others because they often have a hard time feeling close to people or trusting them. This is especially likely to happen when the trauma was caused or made worse by other people (as opposed to an accident or natural disaster).
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