So many victims of narcissistic abuse end up developing PTSD and C-PTSD. This post is going to look at what PTSD and C-PTSD is and how to start your journey towards recovery.
What is PTSD and Complex PTSD?
www.psychologytoday.com says this about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which severe physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or unnatural disasters, accidents, or military combat.”
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is completely consistent with narcissistic abuse, because it is a situation where so much is threatened. Our inner being is completely under siege with a narcissist; narcissists are experts at seeking out weak points and bombarding them relentlessly with heat seeking scuds. It is like living in a war zone.
However, narcissistic abuse can take things to a whole new level. Complex PTSD.
The NHS description of C-PTSD is:
Complex PTSD may be diagnosed in adults or children who have repeatedly experienced traumatic events, such as violence, neglect or abuse.
Complex PTSD is thought to be more severe if:
- the traumatic events happened early in life
- the trauma was caused by a parent or carer
- the person experienced the trauma for a long time
- the person was alone during the trauma
- there is still contact with the person responsible for the trauma
As it may take years for the symptoms of complex PTSD to be recognised, a child’s development, including their behaviour and self-confidence, can be altered as they get older.
Adults with complex PTSD may lose their trust in people and feel separated from others.
How do you recover?
I recently recorded this video in which I talk about my own recovery and what worked for me. It is my own personal experience and it is important you find what works for you.
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Remember that PTSD is a brain injury and there is NO SHAME is having this condition. Please access the help and support you need to recover. You deserve a live a life free from fear.