C-PTSD Narcissistic abuse test (12 items)


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

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.

C-PTSD Narcissistic abuse test

1. I get intrusive thoughts about the abuse I experienced.

2. Visual and emotional trauma-related flashbacks invade my consciousness frequently.

3. I'm often unable to regulate my emotions.

4. I often feel detached from myself and disconnected from the world.

5. I'm in constant alert mode, looking out for potential threats.

6. I avoid people, places, or activities that remind me of traumatic experiences.

7. I have serious trust issues that have negatively impacted my relationships.

8. I suffer from a low sense of self-worth, believing I'm fundamentally flawed.

9. I can't seem to focus and remember things at times.

10. I struggle with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

11. I struggle with bad habits.

12. I have a deep sense of shame and guilt.