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How Do I Deal with My Boyfriend’s PTSD?

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I’ve been with my bf now for 6 months but we’ve known each other for much longer. My question is how do I get through his bad anxiety-ridden days when he can barely get through them. He has ptsd and generalized anxiety but some days he’s able to function perfectly and other times he is an emotional wreck. He takes medication but When he has a bad day he won’t sleep for an entire day sometimes 2 days straight. He talks constantly and gets really upset if I don’t listen to him but sometimes I just want him to give me some space. I want to support him because I love him for who he is even with the illness but sometimes I just don’t know what to do for him or me and our relationship. Can it work and What can I do that will help him and me?

How Do I Deal with My Boyfriend’s PTSD?

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I appreciate how difficult it must be to be so close to someone with PTSD. But the very short answer is that medicine is likely not to be help enough. I would highly recommend an EMDR therapist be sought out as this is now one of the best treatments for PTSD available. You may also want to have some couples counseling. Please use the find help tab at the top of the page to locate someone in your area with this expertise.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

How Do I Deal with My Boyfriend’s PTSD?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). How Do I Deal with My Boyfriend’s PTSD?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from
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