How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Rossi Your Own Question
Dr. Rossi
Dr. Rossi, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 4627
Experience:  PsyD, LPC, CHt
19260254
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Dr. Rossi is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

my boyfriend has ptsd and substance abuse problem. today i

This answer was rated:

my boyfriend has ptsd and substance abuse problem. today i found him taking something from my dresser that was not for him to take. i call that stealing. for me it does not matter what it was he stole. just that he did is horrible. he shouldn't have been in my bedroom anyway. when i confronted him about this he walked out, denied his action and came back into my house after breaking the screen door lock. i believe he is a liar, thief, and a manipulator to get whatever he wants at everyone elses cost. he is the master of excuses, and nothing is ever his fault. hours later he admitted that he did steal from me but it was my mistake to leave the bait in his sight. (he shouldn't have been in my room to begin with, i told him, and he retorted with some other excuse from incidents in the past blaming me! i am looking for a workbook that will help us sit down together and explore these emotional states and actions. ('seeking safety' by lisa najavitis has a few sheets that i've seen and like)

Good Morning,

 

His behavior can be also related to his substance abuse issues. You've mentioned that he had received counseling. Couple's counseling may be something to look into if he had not tried it with you before. That way you can confront him with an objective person present of his actions and how they affect you and the relationship.

If you believe that his PTSD is still unresolved, EMDR therapy would be quite appropriate and helpful. Of course, you want to really address how his actions impact your relationship since he is in denial.

 

Bibliotherapy:

 

 

Why Can't You Read My Mind? Overcoming the 9 Toxic Thought Patterns that Get in the Way of a Loving Relationship

 

Out-of-Control:? A Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)- Cognitive-Behav?ioral Therapy (CBT) Workbook to Get Control of Emotions and Emotion-Driven Behavior: Drug-Alcohol Abuse-Bipolar-B?orderline Personality Disorder-Depres?sion-Anger-Cutt?ing-Codependenc?y

Dr. Rossi and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

Related Mental Health Questions