· Overwhelming emotions
· Unusual/uncharacteristic behaviors
· Sleep difficulties – too much/too little
· ‘Brain fog’ – inability to think clearly, memory loss, getting lost easily
· Eating problems – inability to eat/overeating
· Anxiety/panic attacks
· Rumination/obsessive thoughts and intrusive images/flashbacks
· Difficulty caring for self or others
· Obsessive need to check the internet history, GPS, email accounts, text message history etc for signs that the danger is still present.
There will be many more trauma responses to those listed here, this is an attempt to outline the more common responses post discovery/disclosure.
Omar Minwalla writes the following in a blog for nationalpsychologist.com:
Partners often present with a set of symptoms that match symptoms similar to rape trauma syndrome (RTS) and complex post-traumatic-stress disorder (C-PTSD), including psycho-biological alterations, re-experiencing of the trauma, social and emotional constriction, constant triggering and reactivity, significant anxiety, emotional arousal and hyper-vigilance. Sex addiction-induced trauma is a highly specific type of trauma that involves nuanced symptoms that can include fear and panic of potential disease and contamination, fear of child safety and potential of child molestation, social isolation, embarrassment and shame and intense relational rupture and attachment injuries.