Dealing with the aftermath of narcissistic abuse can be devastating and a long process for both men and women. Your life is thrown into absolute turmoil and you feel that people don’t understand what you are going through. Most of the time, they don’t, unless they have been on the receiving end of emotional abuse themselves. Many people who have suffered abuse develop what is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD is a complex disorder which is often associated with soldiers returning from combat, but it is something which is very common with people who have suffered traumatic events in their lives. It can occur at any time after the event or series of events with the person affected often having flashbacks or nightmares. Symptoms may surface at the time, months or even years later. PTSD is treatable with the correct help and support.
Some people believe that seeking help is a sign of weakness. It’s not. In fact, it is the exact opposite. It takes a considerable amount of strength to admit to a problem and take the necessary steps to address it.