We have compiled articles for your reading. These articles explain attachment trauma, and the way traumatic childhood may affect the adult relationship. We also include a link on emotional regulation and the impact of addictions in a relationship..
Emotions are a normal part of our everyday lives. Everyone experiences them. For some though, feeling these emotions can seem overwhelming, like an out-of-control roller coaster. It is common for one or more strong emotions to occur before an individual engages in self-injury. These often include: guilt, sadness, feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, anger, self-blame, and low self-worth.
The person dealing with addictive behaviors may react with denial, defensiveness, minimization, or rebellion. Their partner may respond with accusations, judgment, excessive caretaking, or attempts to control the other person’s behaviors. No matter which cycle they are stuck in, there is one thing these couples can agree on: both partners are hurting. What they often cannot agree upon is why.
While COVID-19 dominates our attention and resources, creating conflicts and unity, revealing the best and the worst human behaviors, uncertainty persists, and there are legitimate concerns about the toll this pandemic is taking—physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.
If you deal with overwhelming anxiety, you know it can affect your entire being. Your mind may be filled with fear and visions of future disasters. Your body will tense as your fight, flight, or freeze system kicks in.