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Jennifer Lopez says she suffered with "a little PTSD" over Ben Affleck reunion

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's reunion is a love story so iconic that children in the year 3736 will learn about it in school. But, for JLo herself, the couple's romance has caused somewhat of a strain on her mental health.

To recap, JLo and Ben were the 'it couple' of the early noughties, but shocked fans when they called off their wedding just days before it was due to take place in 2004. After their split, the pair went on to meet new partners and start their own families, before later coming back together and tying the knot in 2022.

Now, JLo has revealed that planning their wedding for a second time triggered a bout of stress. "It was so stressful," she said during Wednesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

"20 years ago, we were supposed to get married, and it kinda all fell apart back then," the singer went on, implying that she felt a pressure for things to work out perfectly this time around. "[I] absolutely had a little PTSD."

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According to the NHS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

"Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt," the NHS explains. "They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult."

These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person's day-to-day life.

"It's normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, but most people improve naturally over a few weeks," the NHS points out. However, you should see a GP if you are still having problems about four weeks after the traumatic experience, or if the symptoms are particularly troublesome.

Treatments for PTSD include: monitoring of your symptoms; antidepressants; and talking therapies.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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