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My ex and I have known each other for about seven years, and over that time, we have developed a very nice friendship. Last year, we decided to start dating and that’s when I saw and learned, hands-on, how to deal with his illness. I really believed everything was going well until August when he became very symptomatic and started showing very erratic behaviors. He moved in with me on August 1 and moved out in August 19, right after I told him that I was laid off from my job. He ran back to his ex and I must say, my heart was destroyed; not only had I lost my job, but I lost him as well.
We were able to rekindle our friendship at least, and in November, “BOOM,” he was gone for six months. Just recently, right after Mother’s Day, we were able to reconnect somewhat by accident. Since then, we have had an ok friendship and I can’t help but to ignore those loving feelings that once was. If I had my way, we would be planning a wedding right now. He’s been a little stand-offish with me again and I believe it has to do with some major personal challenges he’s dealing with. At least he’s respecting the boundaries I’ve asked him to respect if he ever needed to isolate again; by at least texting to let me know he’s fine. My question is, I understand isolation being a symptom of ptsd and I’ve learned not to take it personal, but can it be a regular part of the illness? Can it be something I should expect on the regular? Please help me to gain more clarity. Thank you.
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