Helping Someone You Love Struggling With Intrusive Suicidal Thoughts

Many people experience a trauma bond and don’t even realize it. A trauma bond can be immobilizing, preventing people from leaving a toxic relationship.

Risk Factors

You may be more susceptible to a trauma bond if the relationship between you and a caregiver was disrupted at an early age or you experienced an early childhood relationship trauma. The cycle often continues into adulthood.

It’s an Addiction

Trama bonds are addictive and the victim may feel they’re in love. The abuse and manipulation are often covert and victims may not realize what’s taking place.

7 Stages

The 7 stages of a trauma bond are:

  • Love bonding
  • Developing trust and dependence
  • Criticism
  • Gaslighting
  • Resigning to control
  • Loss of self
  • Addiction to the cycle

Signs and Symptoms

You may be in a trauma bond if you:

  • Overlook abuse to keep the relationship
  • Make excuses for the abuser
  • Lie to others about the abuse
  • The thought of leaving makes you feel ill or panic
  • Are fixated on the abuser’s every whim and appeasing them
  • Adopt the abuser’s view of the relationship
  • Have a deep sense of gratitude to the abuser
  • Perceive others as an enemy if they encourage leaving

Fulfilling a Need

A trauma bond fulfills a need within the victim, typically the desire for love. Individuals are manipulated and gaslighted into thinking that the abuser is the only one who can fulfill their needs. The individual let’s down their guard, opening themselves to further manipulation.

Nowhere to Turn

Victims feel they have nowhere to turn for help. They lose self-esteem, feel ashamed, lonely, and depressed, isolated from family and friends.

Mental Health Help is Critical

A trauma bond is addictive and toxic. It’s absolutely essential that individuals seek the help of a mental health professional. He or she can help individuals understand the dynamics of the bond and how to break the cycle. Individuals can develop PTSD as a result of these relationships. A mental health expert can teach coping mechanisms and help people learn how to form beneficial and loving relationships.


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