How does Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria affect people with CPTSD

Nowadays, a new psychological term has gained currency in society which is known as Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In this disorder, people battle with the symptoms of PTSD and also a variety of other symptoms as well.

So, when such individuals are suffering from Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria or RSD, it makes their situation even worse because then, they also have difficulty accepting rejection or failure in life.

Says therapist Linda Meredith on RSD,

Living with RSD can be challenging, but it’s crucial to remember that you’re not alone. Many individuals with CPTSD experience this, and there are ways to cope.

Signs that an individual is suffering from Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria along with CPTSD

Here are some common signs of Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria that people with CPTSD suffer from.

Problem dealing with emotions

Firstly, people afflicted with this disorder often have a hard time controlling their feelings as they show heightened emotional responses. They have trouble dealing with difficult emotions such as sadness and anger.

Criticize themselves

Moreover, they become harsh critics of themselves as they indulge in negative self-talk which ends up impacting their self-esteem.

Avoiding social settings

Additionally, such individuals don’t go to social gatherings or events because of their fear of rejection by others. Meanwhile, they tend to prefer isolation rather than being near people.

Show low levels of trust

Also, they have severe trust issues and they don’t like to be their vulnerable selves around others because they fear getting hurt by other people.

Engage themselves in self-sabotaging behavior

Finally, these individuals also indulge in self-sabotaging behavior by pulling back from relationships and throwing away golden opportunities because they feel that they will be rejected or they may fail at it.

Thus, these are the major signs that can be a cause of worry for individuals suffering from Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria. Therefore, we have to be extremely humane towards them and give them a comfortable space to be vulnerable.

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