Impact on partner and family members
The problems of the person affected by the distressing event will always have an impact on the functioning of the family, the partner relationship and the children’s well-being. Even in the strongest families, these problems have quite an effect on the well-being.
Not talking about the problems may in itself cause partners to clash with each other, also in a literal sense. Refusing to seek help can likewise be a source of conflict. The relationship and/or the family comes under increasing pressure: sometimes the relationship goes on the rocks, and the family falls apart.
Partners feel powerless because they can’t take away the cause of the problem. Or, they feel guilty because they believe they are to blame. Children may start to show maladjusted behaviour. Or, instead, they take over very many responsibilities from their parents.