Victims of narcissistic abuse almost always leave the relationship with PTSD and/or C-PTSD. These acronyms stand for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD results from experiencing a devastatingly stressful event or series of events. C-PTSD is similar, resulting from persistent psychological trauma within an environment in which the victim believes there’s no possibility of escape. There is a perceived sense of helplessness and one’s sense of self is annihilated.
Victims of Narcissistic abuse experience both. Let’s say Judy is in a relationship with a Narcissist. Because of brainwashing, the breakdown of her friendships, and constant verbal abuse, she now believes she is worthless and no one else would be interested in her. Additionally, the last two times she tried to leave, she was stalked, harassed, and intimidated until she came back. In her mind, there is no escape. She is experiencing C-PTSD.
In addition to the above scenario, Judy endured a physical assault by the Narcissist and witnessed him hurt her pet. She has PTSD from these events.
When it comes to PTSD, intentional shocks inflicted by humans are the most difficult to heal from, such as sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. In regards to significance, these events fall directly under combat and resistance fighting, such as those that occur in the military.
If you’ve been in a relationship with a Narcissist, you might suffer from the following:
Impact of PTSD
Left untreated, PTSD and C-PTSD lead to other symptoms and conditions which affect all areas of life. These include:
Am I Crazy?
No. Although it may feel that way, all of the above result from losing the ability to cope with long-term abuse. You endured traumatic events that became overwhelming.
If you have been a victim of Narcissistic abuse, please make an appointment to meet a qualified health professional who can help you deal with and recover from the emotional trauma you’ve endured.