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Four new fact sheets address impact of combat injury on intimacy

August 06, 2019

Find ways to be close. Do thoughtful things for each other such as taking over a chore, leaving an affectionate note, or caring for the children so your partner can have some private relaxation time. Small expressions of affection, such as a hug, kiss, or touch on the shoulder, can go a long way.

Talk about your feelings, hopes, and desires when you and your partner are both calm and ready to listen. Communicating, even about difficult topics, can help you feel more connected. In addition, understanding each other's perspective can help you work together to identify solutions.

Get help. Talk to your doctor, mental health provider or community-based counselor. They may have ideas, treatment options, to include helpful medications. PTSD, depression, substance misuse, or any other problem that is getting in the way of your relationship requires professional help. Seek marital therapy as appropriate.

The fact sheets remind healthcare professionals that, "relationship initimacy is an important part of post-deployment health and reintegration. Ask about relationship initimacy. Sometimes patients are uncomfortable bringing up the topic, so service providers may need to start the conversation."

Source: University of the Health Sciences