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PTSD is a Thing After Life with a Sociopath

We’re usually really hard on ourselves when things go wrong in life. Any time spent with a con man, a sociopath, is traumatic, we sustain prolonged traumatic injury. Then we go through post trauma afterward. This is unavoidable. We decide what winning is for our life in the aftermath, and post-trauma. We decide what’s next. Post-trauma isn’t the “new us.

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We Know Somethings Wrong But We Don’t Know What: This is Normal

Though we aren’t sure of exactly what just happened or how for most people our natural first thoughts are related to taking responsibility for what happened. We’re usually really hard on ourselves when things go wrong in life. We worry about what could have happened (but didn’t) and think about what we should have done instead of whatever it was we just did. All this is going on while we’re aware we need to refocus on driving… so this won’t happen again. Sound familiar…?

This is what post-trauma is. It isn’t who we are. It’s the bodies natural delay from traumatic event to the beginning of healing. It’s a kind of debriefing. We take in and review the trauma so that we can feel safe again, and skip another such close call in the future.

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It’s up to us in this case with a con man to learn how to manage the debriefing, the post-trauma so that we come out whole, healed and with every answer to what happened. And, the good news is, the answers are here.

Post-traumatic stress is the unavoidable fallout of the aftermath of time spent with a sociopath. We aren’t permanently broken. This is temporary. PTSD is the normal result of trauma, and we can recover. There are specific, effective methods and perspectives that heal PTSD after a sociopath.

Hearing the word “sociopath” is only the beginning. That’s when recovery can begin. After the trauma of a hijacking by a sociopath, our emotions and thinking are all over the place because the trauma deregulates our nervous system. If we take in the effective methods of re-regulating our nervous system and other specific insights, we can fully recover.


PTSD is the Beginning of Healing  From Trauma

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We’ll feel all or some of the following things in PTSD after a sociopath: Profound fear. Weepiness and physical weakness. Sorrow, grief, despair, depression. Inability to concentrate on daily things, and our minds flood with thoughts of what happened.

There’s extreme and sudden weight loss or weight gain. Illness. Fatigue, abnormal sleep patterns, sleep in the day, but unable to sleep at night, waking in the early morning and not being able to sleep again, can’t sleep at all or sleep all the time. Nightmares.

Post-trauma can include fear of going places that hold memories related to them. Terrorizing recall of scenarios with them. Confusion, indecision, and doubt. Emphatic desire to leave, move, change jobs or make drastic change… it affects our body and mind. We might miss them so much we feel like we could die. We feel broke.


Trauma is… “Anything less than nurturing. An event or experience that changes your vision of yourself and your place in the world.”

– Judy Crane

Healing Comes in Stages – Time is On Our Side

In PTSD we’re in shock, scared to death, sad, confused, wanting to die, crying all the time. We feel alone, or want to isolate ourselves. There’s a heavy feeling in our bones and hearts; it’s overwhelming and the word “stress” doesn’t begin to describe it. We’re grief-stricken and wondering why this happened. Feelings that it’s our fault haunt us as we also wonder if we’ll ever smile again, or ever love again.

We wonder how to get from broken to normal. There’s no other way a person can feel after a collision and entanglement with a sociopath. This is the only possibility when we are ensnared by one of these people, a con a man, a sociopath and the profound clash with our emotional way of life.

The recovery of true love scam comes in phases stages. Patience and self-love are necessary. Spending time only with those who truly love us is a part of the cure. Establishing and maintaining no contact with the con artist who hijacked our lives is essential. There is without a doubt hope after a sociopath or a narcissist.

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Jennifer Smith - True Love Scam Recovery
Jennifer Smith founded True Love Scam Recovery in encouragement and support of those hijacked by a sociopath in a true love scam after marrying and escaping one herself. 'The Sociopath's Scam - It Isn't Personal' in Shahida Arabi, 'Becoming the Narcissists Nightmare: How to Devalue and Discard the Narcissist While Supplying Yourself'.
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