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4 Signs Somebody Has Post Narcissist Stress Disorder and How to Help Them Overcome It!

Narcissistic abuse is a type of psychological abuse that may leave its victim with feelings of inadequacy, incompetence, self-worthlessness, and not deserving of respect or love. The effects that narcissistic abuse may have on the victim may be lifelong and crippling.

Narcissists tend to abuse unrelentingly and gradually until they gain total control over their victims. They tend to use language in a particular way so that the victim does not notice that they’re dealing with a narcissist until it’s too late.

Narcissists manipulate the victim by using emotionally destructive techniques, including manipulation, blame-shifting, lies, and discouragement.

The victim may find it hard to relay their problems to other people.

After getting free of their influence, the victim may go through a period of depression, anger, anxiety, or helplessness, and develop Post Narcissist Stress Disorder.

4 Signs Somebody Has Post Narcissist Stress Disorder:

– They have flashbacks to the time spent with the narcissist

The victim may have flashbacks to the time spent with the narcissist. They may have sudden flashbacks of narcissistic rage, seeing images of severe rage or reliving a traumatic situation. They may question their own mental stability because of the narcissistic abuse. They may have dreams that make them think of the abuse.

They may find themselves re-living the event over and over again. What’s more, it might result in extreme paranoia, where the victim wonders if those around them are trying to manipulate them.

– They are emotionally dysregulated

They may display obsessive behaviors, like unrelenting thoughts about the narcissist; questioning their ability to make decisions; and experiencing episodes of paranoia, depression, anxiety, and rage.

– They try to avoid things that remind them of the narcissistic abuse

They may become avoidant of numerous things, including people, emotions, things, activities, and places. They may want to avoid things that remind them of the narcissistic abuse or things they were not allowed to do while under their influence. The victim may also become emotionally avoidant.

– They have a hard time returning to normal life

There’re different stages and it takes a long time for them to confront reality. Being in a relationship or living with the narcissist may be overwhelming for the victim. They may have a hard time returning to normal life.

They must shift their expectations of their everyday life. They must learn to adapt to a “new life.” They may have a hard time coping and adjusting. However, after a while, they’ll get better.

Fortunately, There Is a Lot You Can Do to Support Them:

Learning more about the disorder that they are going through is a great start. Allow space and time for them to open up and talk about their experience.

Listen to them carefully and validate what they have to say. Avoid interrupting them. Instead, repeat what you hear to ensure you understand. Believe them and never discount their stories or blame them.

Tell them that they aren’t alone. Encourage them to interact with people. Encourage their self-care through making time to relax, exercise, and diet. Motivate them to plan one enjoyable activity every single day.