Being Cheated On Really Hurts!
If you’ve been cheated on and now you feel like you’re going crazy, you’re not alone. When your partner’s infidelity is uncovered, you can’t help but experience that as a powerful form of emotional and psychological trauma. It feels like you’ve been hit by a truck – but emotionally rather than physically. Because you love and believe in your partner, you rightfully and understandably feel devastated by the betrayal. As such, the rage, tears, fear, pleading, vindictiveness, and emotional instability you’re experiencing are a perfectly normal and expected response.
And this is not your fault. Research shows that betrayed partners, after learning that their significant other has strayed, typically experience stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms characteristic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And yes, PTSD is the same debilitating disorder that we see in battle-scarred soldiers. Is it any wonder that you’re experiencing shock, overwhelm, anxiety, hypervigilance, depression, mood swings, and an inability to focus on and manage basic tasks of day-to-day life?