Life after dating a psychopath
” adds Bree Bonchay, LCSW, author of I Am Free: Healing Stories About Surviving Toxic Relationships With Narcissists And Sociopaths. There are so many other things you have to process and go through.
Coming out of a relationship with a pathological person can change your fundamental sense of safety in this world.” But it doesn’t have to be the of the world.
“Fortifying the basics to stabilize depression is absolutely paramount,” says Schneider.
The key to all of this working is a complete break in contact with your abuser.
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And the science behind trauma explains why your heart and mind feel like they are broken beyond repair: “Trauma is trapped in a different part of the brain that doesn’t use reason, it doesn’t use logic, it doesn’t use language,” Bonchay explains, adding that it takes certain practices to “get that trauma unstuck.” This is why you should start your healing process by finding a reputable and respected therapist, counselor, or life coach who specifically treats relationship trauma inflicted by someone with a personality disorder.This was no ordinary relationship; therefore, it’s no ordinary path to recovery.“You realize that the relationship felt real to you, but the [other person] faked it the entire time,” says Andrea Schneider, LCSW, author of Soul Vampires: Reclaiming Your Lifeblood After Narcissistic Abuse. That reality is absolutely devastating.” “It’s the same grief as any loss, but on top of that are all the layers of trauma responses: What was real and what was fake?But then came the manipulation: Maybe they started giving you the silent treatment, blaming you for everything that went wrong in the relationship, or bringing other people into the picture to spark jealousy. They waited until they knew how much you loved, wanted, and needed them, and then they cut the cord.Congrats, you’ve survived a relationship with a narcissist.