Similar to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), people who have already shared their life with a narcissist can go through similar events to symptoms of PTSD. Maybe we should call it PHN or post-narcissistic stress disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder develops after experiencing an event or action that causes intense fear, misunderstanding, helplessness, or horror.
Although it is common to have a period of adjustment to recover from a break with a narcissist, for many these difficult adaptation periods can continue for a while. With time, adjusting the behavior, forget the narcissist and make narcissism to narcissistic and take care of you, such traumatic reactions improve and disappear completely.
Everything can trigger an SSPN … even things as simple as the smell of its perfume on a foreigner who passes, a song that goes on the radio, even some foods. No matter what brings you back to this terrifying nightmare .. you are referred to a moment in your life that was disruptive mentally and emotionally. These identifiers are called “triggers”.
THREE MAIN SYMPTOMS OF SSPN:
1) intrusive memories of the narcissist: these may be memories that have had a sudden onset caused by a “trigger”, or memories that are continuous and persistent
2) emotional avoidance and numbness
3) anxiety and increased emotional volatility
Symptoms of intrusive memories of the narcissist may include:
Flashbacks of their narcissistic anger, images of intense rage or relive the traumatic event for several minutes or even days.
Dramatic dreams about the narcissistic event.
Difficulties to readjust your self-esteem and feel good in social situations resulting from months / years of emotional, mental, verbal and often physical abuse.
Symptoms of emotional avoidance and numbness may include:
Avoid social situations, activities, people or relationships that you liked
Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the narcissist
Feeling emotionally numb to life and love
Addiction or abuse of sleeping pills
Difficulty concentrating or performing simple actions
Take this distance
Difficulties in establishing new relationships or maintaining relationships
Cocooning or hiding
Despair about the future or feelings of defeat
Symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional volatility may include:
Irritability, rage, or anger
Self-doubt and loss of self-confidence
Guilt or overwhelming shame, self-blame or Stockholm syndrome
Panic attacks / crying attacks
Be easily scared, nervous and hyper vigilant
Paranoia or imagine the worst scenarios
Ask others about their intentions, especially with new partners
Relive narcissistic arguments or anger in your head
The narcissistic experience can haunt you for a long time. It can interfere with your daily life and your activities, and invade you anytime.