Infidelity can involve sexual or emotional affairs with someone outside of a relationship with a partner or spouse. Whether you’ve been cheated on or stepped outside of your relationship with your partner, the consequences and feelings that come with it can be devastating.
The pain you may feel is inevitable, and the effects on your emotional health in the short and long term can take a toll on your emotional well-being. In many respects, you are likely feeling grief from the loss of trust, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of your sense of self.
Like grieving the loss of a loved one, the grief you feel over what has been lost in a relationship is no different.
Trauma may also be a byproduct of infidelity, as the shock to your system can trigger similar effects relating to PTSD.
But like any physical pain you may experience, you can also heal, and the first step in the healing process is getting help.