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.
How can you tell if you’re the victim of a narcissist?
- Being aware of the manipulative behaviors a narcissist uses when gaslighting can really help you to identify yourself as a victim of narcisisstic abuse syndrome.
- Check out this post from a SPANily member on what living narcissistic abuse syndrome was like for her.
- You might also find that you personally identify with the stages of gaslighting.
Understanding these typical “mind games” and manipulations will help you understand if you’re dealing with a toxic narcissist in your relationship.
What are the symptoms of narcissistic abuse syndrome?
- Brain Fog
- Inner Child Injury/Struggles
- Sadness and feeling suicidal
- Emotional Numbness
- Feeling Helpless
- Deep Toxic Shame
- Jumping From Relationship to Relationship
- Inability to Trust People Easily
- Being Hypervigilant
- Questioning Your Own Decisions (Or Inability to Make Decisions)
- Feeling Alone in a Crowded Room
- Struggling to Control Your Own Emotions
- Emotional Flashbacks
- Feeling Triggered
- Always Feeling Like You’re in Fight or Flight Mode
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.
Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.
She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at QueenBeeing.com and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.