If you’ve experienced being in a toxic relationship with a narcissist, you may be dealing with symptoms that don’t make a lot of sense to you as you navigate the muddy waters of narcissistic abuse recovery. This post will fill you in on narcissistic abuse syndrome, an often-unrecognized disorder that affects victims of narcissistic abuse in profound ways. 

While you won’t find the term “narcissistic abuse syndrome” in the DSM, it is one that many advocates believe should be included. 

What is Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome?

Narcissistic abuse syndrome (also known as C-PTSD or narcissistic victim syndrome) is a psychological disorder that can develop in response to the prolonged, repeated experience of interpersonal trauma in a context in which the individual has little or no chance of escape. such as being in a toxic relationship with a narcissist.

This condition manifests during or after a relationship with a narcissist. Unfortunately for surviors of narcissistic abuse, there are many negative side effects we’ve got to deal with as a result of the gaslighting and manipulation that goes along with it – and narcisistic abuse syndrome (C-PTSD) is one of the most common issues for survivors and victims of narcissistic abuse in relationships. Learn more about C-PTSD here. 

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Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome Video

In this video, I explain what narcissistic abuse syndrome means, fill you in on the signs and symptoms of narcissistic abuse syndrome and also explain how to recover from narcissistic abuse syndrome (sometimes also called post-narcissistic abuse syndrome). In addition to identity erosion and losing the self, understanding what happens after narcissistic abuse and how to perceive it in a whole new way can really be the first step toward healing CPTSD or complex PTSD. If you are a victim of narcissistic abuse syndrome, this comprehensive healing video is for you.

How does narcissistic abuse syndrome affect your brain?

This video can help you understand how Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome/C-PTSD affects your brain.

Are you struggling with C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)?

CPTSD Checker

Many survivors of narcissistic abuse suffer from some degree of C-PTSD. Are you among them? Take this quiz and find out if you suffer symptoms of complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

Have you experienced a significant trauma in your life, such as an accident, a natural disaster, or episode of violence? Or have you found yourself in ongoing situations such as chronic emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence or combat?

Yes, at least one.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you ever feel like you’re sort of stuck on autopilot? Like you’re just existing and sort of trying to stay alive?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Have you, whether currently or in the past, often felt repeatedly humiliated by a person or group of people?

Yes, at least once.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Have you ever participated in sexual activities after having been coerced or pressured into them during a relationship of any sort?

Yes, at least once.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Have you been exposed to repeated episodes of mental or physical abuse, whether you were the victim or a witness to the abuse (such as during childhood)?

Yes.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Have you ever been the victim of stalking?

Yes, at least once.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Have you ever dealt with having money, food, personal care items or other personal needs restricted or kept from you because of a toxic in your life?

Yes, at least once.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Have you ever lived in fear of another person or their reactions/behavior for an extended period of time, such as a spouse, partner or parent?

Yes, at least one time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you have any ongoing habits or addictions, such as food, drugs, shopping, sex, smoking or alcohol?

Yes, at least one.

No, none.

I’m not sure.

Do you ever have trouble remembering things?

Yes, at least sometimes.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you ever feel like you are somehow to blame for everything?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you ever feel like you just don’t want to do ANYTHING at all? Sort of like nothing really matters or like you feel stuck?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you deal with ongoing fear, anger, guilt or shame?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Have you stopped doing the things you need to do, like paying bills, doing laundry or cleaning the house?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you ever feel detached from the rest of the world, or from the people around you?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you often have trouble staying focused on the task at hand?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Do you feel irritable or anxious when you have to deal with people too much?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

Are you kind of jumpy sometimes? Say when you hear a loud, unexpected noise, even if it isn’t dangerous?

Yes, at least some of the time.

No, never.

I’m not sure.

https://queenbeeing.com/narcissistic-abuse-syndrome/ By Angela Atkinson