Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops in some people after they experience a traumatic event. A traumatic event is any life-threatening event.
Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a type of PTSD that is caused by ongoing trauma, not a single event. For instance, a person in a relationship with an abuser will likely experience ongoing trauma and suffer C-PTSD.
Likewise, children of abusive parents also tend to suffer from C-PTSD because parenting is a long and ongoing process. Children tend to be particularly vulnerable because they can’t escape the abusive relationship with their parent/s.
Narcissistic abuse is carried out by people with narcissistic traits and those suffering from a full-blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Narcissistic abuse involves frequent manipulation and devaluation.
Narcissists use a range of emotional manipulation techniques to erode the sanity and self-worth of their victims.
C-PTSD from narcissistic abuse
Since abusive relationships tend to foster C-PTSD, it shouldn’t surprise that victims of narcissistic abuse are likely to develop C-PTSD.
If you’ve suffered narcissistic abuse at the hands of a partner or a parent, you’re likely to show symptoms of PTSD as well as C-PTSD. C-PTSD has the same symptoms as PTSD and some additional ones. The former is also harder to heal because it leaves deeper scars on the psyche.
Taking the C-PTSD narcissistic abuse test
This quiz consists of 12 items on a 4-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. It’s not meant to be a diagnosis. Based on your symptoms, the test will tell you how likely you are to suffer from narcissistic abuse-induced C-PTSD.
The test is 100% confidential, and your results are neither stored nor shared with anyone.