Victims of a Narcissist

Individuals who are in recovery after a relationship with a narcissistic partner describe feelings of confusion and symptoms of depression and anxiety. They may also experience low self-esteem, fear of failure, and a sense of worthlessness. A narcissistic abuser may use tactics like financial abuse to keep the victim trapped in the relationship. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) can manifest in abusive behaviors that leave victims feeling drained and questioning their own reality.

The road to recovery from narcissistic abuse is a journey of self-discovery and healing. Victims often require help with depression and anxiety, lack confidence and need therapy for social anxiety. They find themselves withdrawing from social situations and allowing their abuser to dominate conversations. It’s important to remember that a narcissistic abuser’s manipulative tactics are about control, not your shortcomings. Their attempts to belittle your talents and achievements are a way to diminish your sense of self-worth and maintain power within the relationship.

Therapy can be a powerful tool for healing from narcissistic abuse. In some cases, I recommend Family Systems Therapy to help individuals understand the dynamics within their family of origin that may have contributed to their vulnerability to narcissistic abuse. Family Systems Therapy can also be helpful for those who have children with a narcissistic ex-partner.

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