Today’s blog post is a link back to my guest blog post on Betty’s Battleground! I am really proud of this guest blog post. It is part of a guest post series on those who live, love, and work with the mentally ill. It’s specifically about being in a relationship with someone who has PTSD and how that interacts with my schizoaffective disorder. Here is an excerpt:
“When I thought of PTSD before I met my Justin, I pictured an angry man choking his partner in her sleep. I saw fits of rage. I thought of dramatic scenes in movies after a soldier has come home from war. But this is not what PTSD is like in my relationship. It is much more subtle, slithering its way around me and my partner like a deadly snake. It is a quiet and eerie feeling that develops like a brick wall between me and him until he becomes unreachable.
In the beginning, it was the small but constant anxiety he gave off every night when we were getting into bed to go to sleep. He seemed to be scared of me. I am half his weight. What did I do? What could I do? We’d only been together six months. Was he already sick of me?
August B Pfizenmayer is the founder of Survival is a Talent. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and student. She studies creative writing, specializing in poetry and creative nonfiction. She loves sweets and warm weather. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.