5 Signs You’ve Post Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome

Surviving narcissistic abuse is a harrowing journey that leaves individuals with a unique set of trauma responses, distinct from those seen in other trauma survivors. While survivors of other forms of trauma, such as poverty, car accidents, or war, may experience their own challenges, the aftermath of narcissistic abuse presents a complex array of symptoms that often go unrecognized. Unfortunately, the diagnostic criteria outlined in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders) for post-traumatic stress fail to encompass these atypical responses, leaving survivors struggling to find validation and understanding for their experiences.

Cognitive Dissonance & Trauma Bonding:

Trauma bonding and cognitive dissonance are hallmark symptoms of post-narcissistic abuse stress disorder, setting it apart from other forms of trauma. Trauma bonding, fueled by the erratic behavior of the narcissist, creates a potent attachment that resembles addiction. Despite the desire to break free, survivors find themselves drawn back into the toxic cycle, unable to sever the ties that bind them. This complex interplay of emotions is further compounded by cognitive dissonance, wherein survivors grapple with conflicting perceptions of their abuser. One part acknowledges the narcissist’s harmful tendencies, while another clings to idealized memories, perpetuating a cycle of confusion and emotional turmoil.

Trust Issues:

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