What Is Post Narcissist Stress Disorder – PNSD? and Its 3 Major Symptoms

Very similar to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) some people can experience PNSD (post-narcissist stress disorder), which is a period of adjusting after being in a relationship with a narcissist. For someone these periods after letting go of the narcissist can be quite difficult.

There are several things that can bring to PNSD after breaking up with a narcissist, such as the familiar smell of his/her perfume on a stranger walking by, his/her favorite song on the radio, certain foods… Everything that brings you back to that terrifying nightmare can cause you mentally and emotionally disturbing.

Here are the 3 major symptoms of PNSD:

1. Symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional volatility

These symptoms may include:

  • Irritability and anger
  • Difficulty in adjusting to everyday tasks accompanied with losing your memory, and self-confidence
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame accompanied with self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much, not eating properly, and quitting your job
  • Panic attacks and insomnia
  • Being paranoiac and frightened
  • Reliving arguments or narcissistic rages in your head
2. Symptoms of intrusive memories of the narcissist

These symptoms may include:

  • Flashbacks of the traumatic moments spent with the narcissist
  • Questioning your own mental stability when trying to do the everyday tasks
  • Nightmares about the narcissistic events
  • Difficulty readjusting your self-esteem
3. Symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing

These symptoms may include:

  • Being completely antisocial and avoiding your friends and family
  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the narcissist
  • Being numb towards life and a new love and scared of starting new relationships
  • Using pills to sleep
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble concentrating or performing simple actions
  • Hiding from people
  • Not having hope about the future
  • Feeling constantly tired or defeated

If you have some of the above described symptoms, don’t be ashamed to ask for a professional health.

Source: Mystical Raven

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