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Narcissistic Abuse

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Were you raised by a parent with narcissistic, borderline, or antisocial personality disorder? Children of a parent with a personality disorder can experience a wide range of symptoms, including;

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, including

  • flashbacks
  • nightmares
  • difficulty remembering traumatic events
  • recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
  • upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event
  • trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event
  • negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
  • hopelessness about the future
  • memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
  • difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • feeling detached from family and friends
  • lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • feeling emotionally numb
  • being easily startled or frightened
  • always being on guard for danger
  • self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
  • overwhelming guilt or shame


Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD)

With Complex PTSD you experience many of the symptoms of PTSD and may also include;

  • feelings of shame or guilt.
  • difficulty controlling your emotions.
  • periods of losing attention and concentration (dissociation)
  • physical symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach aches
  • cutting yourself off from friends and family.
  • relationship difficulties.
  • destructive or risky behavior, such as self-harm, alcohol misuse or drug abuse
  • suicidal thoughts


In addition you may experience:

  • not trusting your thoughts, your decisions, your perceptions
  • losing your sense of self, or having never developed your sense of self
  • feeling “crazy” yourself
  • difficulty setting boundaries
  • difficulty saying “no”