I had a fascinating conversation recently about postnatal depression and the symptoms of narcissistic abuse, and I thought it would be interesting to do an episode about it. Today I share the different challenges I faced during pregnancy, my own experience with postnatal depression, and the realisation that what I was feeling was mostly trauma-based. 

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

– What triggered my inner wounds during my first pregnancy, and why I felt not good enough as a mother

– How I ended up with the belief that I had to choose between being enough either as mom or wife, but not both

– Why I decided to stay after finding out my ex-husband was cheating on me

– Looking at postnatal depression as protector parts distracting us from being in a loveless marriage

When we come from a place of anger, depression, anxiety, self-harm or addictions, it could be a part of us protecting us from a core wound our brain believes is too painful to feel. Narcissists are specialists in shining big spotlights on our inner wounds, and the more they do that, the more our protector parts show up and get louder. Eventually, what we think is the problem, actually is a symptom of the problem, and for us to experience post-traumatic growth, it is crucial we get curious about it. 

Resources:

– Join my Narcissistic Trauma Recovery Programme https://go.carolinestrawson.com/heal-the-trauma-of-narcissistic-abuse

– Join my Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thriveafternarcissisticabuse 

– Connect with me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolinestrawson/

– My website: https://www.carolinestrawson.com/

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