Having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder changes a person, not only the way they think, but also the way they act and how they love. It can be challenging, most of the time with PTSD a few other things come along such as anxiety, depression and panic which can change a lot about how a person sees the world and other people.
We are constantly waiting for the next bad thing to happen
Getting through Stress and anxiety can be a triumph in itself, for us it changes something in our brain that can’t drop the feeling that something and really anything is about to happen
We tend to push those close to us away
Most of the time this is never intentional but something in our unconscious knows how much the burden of it already is and we don’t want to burden others but that can also come out as withdrawing ourselves from people
We love differently
A lot of this has to do with getting to close and then losing a person close to us and not being able to trust in our capability to love as easily
We work hard to have good days to counteract the terrible days
It becomes a constant battle to be able to learn how to manage how our lives have changed and manage the way we are able to handle it when or if we get flashbacks
We tend to get easily defensive and put up walls
Our thought process changes and in some moments, if we experience a trigger, when others may seem attacking we get into a flight or fight response.
We may not be the same person as before but we still care about those close to us the same, have the same desires. It may just take us some time to get back to where we and we are trying everyday to be ourselves again.