Some women can survive sexual betrayal on their own, but a recent training I attended made it clear: Waiting too long to get extra help can lead to long-term damage.
So even if you go to a recovery group or therapy, these are signs you need to get extra help:
- When there’s a growing bitterness you can’t shake.
- When you frequently lose concentration.
- When nobody you talk to understands.
- When you find you’re losing track of things more and more often.
- When you can’t focus long enough to listen to a song.
- When you can’t read a novel anymore but can only read material to help your situation.
- When you can’t stop checking up on him.
- When your partner doesn’t seem to care about the impact this is having on you.
- When you feel like you don’t have a voice anymore.
- When every conversation you have with your partner only makes things worse.
- When seeing an advertisement takes you right back to the first shocking revelation.
- When you feel the betrayal starting to affect your body (IBS, sudden weight-loss, frequent insomnia.)
- When you’ve been going for help, but you’re still stuck.
- When you feel like you can’t trust your own eyes anymore.
- When you go for help and you’re blamed in some way.
- If you can’t function in other areas of life.
- When you’re having panic attacks.
These are all signs that serious damage could be happening to your brain; the ones toward the bottom of the list are more serious.
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