The same research studies on Vietnam Veterans compared partners of Veterans with and without PTSD.
The partners of the Vietnam Veterans with PTSD reported: These effects were not limited to females.
They and their spouses also report more worry around intimacy issues.
Partners have a number of challenges when living with a Veteran who has PTSD.
Wives of PTSD-diagnosed Veterans tend to take on a bigger share of household tasks such as paying bills or housework.
The exact connection between PTSD symptoms and relationship problems is not clearly known.
Some symptoms, like anger and negative changes in beliefs and feelings, may lead directly to problems in a marriage.
The study compared partners of Veterans with PTSD to partners of those without PTSD.
Female partners of Veterans with PTSD: PTSD can affect the mental health and life satisfaction of a Veteran's partner.
Lower sexual interest may lead to lower satisfaction within the relationship.
The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) compared Veterans with PTSD to those without PTSD.
Not being able to feel your emotions can lead to problems making and keeping close relationships. The first step for partners of Veterans with PTSD is to gather information.