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Betrayal Trauma and Infidelity

Betrayal trauma is sometimes the result form infidelity.  Betrayal is a death of a relationship, whether it is emotional infidelity, sexual infidelity, or gaslighting, you might experience reactions similar to those of trauma.  Some of the symptoms are similar to those of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  You also might be experiencing the betrayal more intensely due to attachment trauma that was experienced as a child.  This can be a very unsettling and painful life transition.

People who have experienced betrayal trauma and infidelity can experience symptoms like these:

  • Guilt and Shame

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Feeling Numb

  • Withdrawn Socially

  • Nightmares and Flashbacks

  • Low self-esteem

  • Lack of Trust

  • Anger and Irritability

  • Tearfulness

Betrayal and Infidelity can impact the Fight/Flight/Freeze centers of the brain similar to those that are impacted by trauma.  The stress related to betrayal trauma can negatively impact people both emotionally and physically.  The good news is that it can be treated effectively with appropriate trauma care.

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