Below are three strong signs that you or someone you know is suffering from PNSD (or post narcissist stress disorder in full). Yes, that is a thing. Narcissists are more dangerous than most people think.
If you have a narcissistic person in your life, then you know this - these people want full control over you and they long for endless praises. In the meantime, they will also try to destroy your self-esteem and separate you from your friends and family.
Narcissists suffer from low self-esteem and yet burn with a desire to feel more important than other people. The only way to achieve that is to destroy other people's self-esteem. They do so without sympathy or understanding and will manipulate their victims physically and emotionally in order to achieve their goals.
The abuse these personality types visit upon their victims can leave them experiencing feelings of rage, helplessness, depression, and distress even after they are gone.
This is the condition called Post Narcissist Stress Disorder (PNSD), which is very similar to PTSD. The situation is made worse by the fact that narcissism was declassified as a mental disorder in 2013.
Signs Of PNSD
1. A low level of self-esteem makes it harder to adapt to various situations in life. While all people feel a little bad when they meet situations that they cannot overcome, the feeling is much worse for people with PNSD.
After all the abuse these people have suffered, failure can bring about feelings of anxiety. This often results in self-blame.
2. The memories of the experience could make these people feel like they are going through the horrifying experience all over again.
Therefore, if you often feel anxious, withdrawn, and stressed after thinking back to what you went through at the hands of a narcissist, then you might have PNSD.
The memories can come back as flashbacks or even dreams which make you feel like you are "re-living the event, again and again." This is according to experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
In fact, these memories can get so bad that they affect your personal and professional life.
3. Someone who has suffered at the hands of a narcissist can also suffer from one personality disorder or another. Victims of PNSD may fail to recover from the paranoia, panic attacks, and even depression. In other words, these people can end up with personality disorders.
Fortunately, according to experts, all it takes is time to recover from these personality disorders.
Other Signs Of PNSD
- Social isolation
- Random panic attacks
- Conflicting beliefs
- Avoiding emotional situations or people
How To Heal From Narcissistic Abuse
As mentioned earlier, today, narcissism is no longer considered a mental disorder. Apparently, it makes no sense to classify it as such when those who have this personality flaw would never admit to having a problem. It is always someone else that's the problem, not them.
However, their victims can get help. First of all, they should cut ties with these people before it gets to the point where they have a personality disorder themselves.
After doing so, a therapist's help might be necessary to attain full recovery.
So, if you or anyone you know is suffering at the hands of a narcissist or is still reeling from the effects of being with one, you should try and get a professional involved.