It's understandable that the dependence on one person can create pressure and potentially reinforce avoidance or dissociation behaviors. It's important for your sufferer to be aware of these dynamics and take steps to address them. Here are some suggestions:Yes, the dependence on one other person is very pressurising. And they seem to encourage each other to avoid and/or dissociate.
I'm sorry to hear that your sufferer is feeling "dead inside" and experiencing reckless spending as a result. These symptoms can be indicative of emotional numbing and self-destructive coping mechanisms often associated with trauma-related conditions like PTSD and C-PTSD.My sufferer also reports feeling "dead inside" and this seems to have exacerbated some reckless spending.
Yes I have done this, they seemed to be shocked when the reality of this is pointed out to them and say "I thought I was going to die because of how I felt so I didn't think about the consequences". But they have now made things even trickier for themselves. Which in turn is increasing the numbing.Address reckless spending: Reckless spending can be a manifestation of trying to fill an emotional void or seeking temporary relief from emotional distress. Encourage your sufferer to explore healthier coping mechanisms that meet
It's understandable that your sufferer may feel shocked when the consequences of their reckless spending are pointed out to them. In the midst of emotional distress, it's common for individuals to prioritize immediate relief over long-term consequences. It sounds like their actions have created additional challenges for themselves, which is likely contributing to increased emotional numbing.Yes I have done this, they seemed to be shocked when the reality of this is pointed out to them and say "I thought I was going to die because of how I felt so I didn't think about the consequences". But they have now made things even trickier for themselves. Which in turn is increasing the numbing.
That's great to hear that your sufferer already has professional support in place. Joining a larger support group can be a valuable addition to their healing journey, as it can provide additional perspectives, insights, and a sense of community.It's crucial for your sufferer to take self-care seriously during this time and reach out for professional support when needed.
They do have professional support, but it requires a level of honesty to access this fully. They are about to join a larger support group.
It's not uncommon for individuals to experience a sense of shutdown or withdrawal after opening up about the impact of their actions and the self-disgust they may be feeling. This response can be a protective mechanism that arises from shame, guilt, or fear of judgment.They seem to have shut down a bit after being open about the impact and decisions that the self disgust has brought about. This can be a pattern for them.
I understand that supporting someone who is struggling can be emotionally and mentally draining, especially when you feel like you're not receiving much in return. It's important to prioritize your own well-being and set boundaries in order to maintain your own mental health.Not gonna lie, I'm fed up of validating their feelings and encouragement. It's exhausting supporting and getting little back in return