It’s been two months since I left a relationship that had many pitfalls and red flags along the way. The thought of all that happened, and what went wrong, still looms in my mind. I have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Relationship Syndrome (PTRS) and am trying to work through it.
Most days I’m able to keep a positive attitude and outlook on things, but when my mind wanders back to that relationship…the negative feelings come flooding in. Heartache, anger, betrayal – all the hurt. It can feel like an impenetrable wall around me at times.
There isn’t much advice out there about how to handle PTRS and it feels so isolating going through this on my own. So I’ve made it my mission to reach out for help whenever possible. Talking with friends, counselors and support groups has become part of my day-to-day routine as I try to heal from the trauma I experienced in that relationship.
I’m learning each day what works for me as everyone processes trauma differently - be it reading books on the subject matter or talking openly with friends about it. I’m making progress though; things gradually feel more manageable now compared to how overwhelming they once seemed before seeking out help.
I know in time this too shall pass as healing takes time - something we must always remember when dealing with PTRS!