What Is Post-Narcissist Stress Disorder (PNSD)? and its 3 Major Symptoms

Anything can bring on PNSD… even things as simple as the familiar smell of his/her cologne on a stranger walking by, a song playing on the radio, even certain foods. It doesn’t matter what brings you back to that terrifying nightmare … what does matter is that instantly & out-of-the-blue you are transported back to a time in your life that was mentally and emotionally disturbing. These identifiers are called ‘triggers’.

THREE MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF PNSD:

1) intrusive memories of the narcissist — these may be memories that had a sudden onset caused by a ‘trigger’, or memories that are continuous and lingering

2) avoidance and emotional numbing

3) anxiety and increased emotional volatility

Symptoms of intrusive memories of the narcissist may include: 

  • Flashbacks of their narcissistic rages, images of intense rage or reliving the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time
  • Suddenly questioning your own mental stability due to months/ years of abuse and/or gaslighting  when trying to perform everyday tasks or relating to others
  • Upsetting dreams about the narcissistic event
  • Difficulty readjusting your self-esteem and feeling good about yourself in social situations resulting from months/years of emotional, mental, verbal and oftentimes physical abuse

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