Question: Does PTSD affect intimacy?

First, high levels of anxiety can interfere with sexual functioning, and people with PTSD suffer from constant anxious arousal. In addition, many people with PTSD may feel disconnected and detached from loved ones, which can greatly interfere with intimacy.

How does PTSD cause arousal?

Hyperarousal is a primary symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It occurs when a persons body suddenly kicks into high alert as a result of thinking about their trauma. Even though real danger may not be present, their body acts as if it is, causing lasting stress after a traumatic event.

Can PTSD Be Cured?

As with most mental illnesses, no cure exists for PTSD, but the symptoms can be effectively managed to restore the affected individual to normal functioning. The best hope for treating PTSD is a combination of medication and therapy.

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