Navigating ptsd from narcissistic parent

It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with the impact my parent’s behavior has had on my mental state. Growing up, I never realized how the way they acted - attention-seeking and manipulative - was affecting me.

The first time I realized something was off was when I experienced short-term memory loss and panic attacks starting in high school. It was only recently that I recognized these physical symptoms were my body’s response to dealing with a narcissistic parent.

As soon as I realized what I was going through, it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. There’s something liberating about finally able to name an issue, confront it head on and learn how to take proper care of myself.

It hasn’t been easy, but I’m trying to take small steps towards bettering myself mentally and emotionally. Talking to people who understand what it is like and taking some time out for self-care have both been super helpful! With enough effort and faith, hopefully, one day I can find peace within in spite of all that has happened in the past.


I can relate to what you are going through - it’s not easy coming terms with situations in life that, up until recently, we simply don’t have the vocabulary or understanding for. I’m so glad that you realized and acknowledged the impact your parent’s behavior had on your mental health.

The fact that you took the brave step forward to recognize and admit this issue shows just how strong and resilient you are! I applaud your courage and believe wholeheartedly that by continuously putting in hard work and effort, you will find peace within ultimately. I wish you luck on your journey towards self-love and healing.

Thank you for sharing your story. I can totally relate to what you’re going through with narcissistic parents. It’s tough to realize the impact they’ve had on our mental health, but recognizing it is a huge step in the right direction. I’m glad to hear that naming the issue has helped lift that weight off your shoulders. It’s so important to take small steps towards bettering ourselves and practicing self-care. I’ve found that talking to others who understand and taking that time for myself has been instrumental in my own healing process. Keep pushing forward and have faith that you can find peace within yourself. You’re not alone in this, and you’re doing great!