It is extremely common for victims of narcissistic abuse and other forms of domestic violence, to develop symptoms of ptsd and cptsd (complex/ post traumatic stress disorder). As a result of their ongoing trauma where their sanity and perhaps physical safety were compromised, victims are left with the aftermath of dealing with their body’s response to triggers that remind them of their trauma.
Ptsd symptoms may be triggered by something as simple as a smell that reminds a victim of their abuser’s perfume/colgne, which send them spiralling into a crippling attack of anxiety or a full blown panic attack.
It may be the victim now fears driving because of the roadrage their abuser engaged in, or they fear going places that remind them of their abuser and they begin to self isolate. It may be even a feeling whilst watching a movie that can take a victim back to the trauma zone with the narcissist. Toxic relationships, that are based on power and control by the dominant abuser, mean victims are continually in survival mode, or a constant state of fight or flight.
Victims must now be able to live without the coping mechanisms, or hypervigilance to danger, that enabled them to survive their abuse. Other common post traumatic stress disorder symptoms include cognitive impairment, memory loss, unexplained physical ailments, irrational fears, and numerous others that are personal to the victim and their trauma.
Nova supports victims to process the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, by identifying triggers, and supporting victims to sever the traumatic associations between their abuse/abuser, and their current trauma free life.