Mislead on purpose

If you are given a diagnosis of PTSD by a clinical psychologist, but this was hidden from you for a decade while telling you that you have a personality disorder you were never diagnosed with, is it abuse?

Is it gaslighting?

What type of person would do this?

if they triggered the trauma response while telling you you have a different diagnosis, what would this do to a PTSD suffer and their healing?
 
If you are given a diagnosis of PTSD by a clinical psychologist, but this was hidden from you for a decade while telling you that you have a personality disorder you were never diagnosed with, is it abuse?

Is it gaslighting?

What type of person would do this?

if they triggered the trauma response while telling you you have a different diagnosis, what would this do to a PTSD suffer and their healing?
@Evie loves Sam, I'm so sorry to hear that you've been through such a challenging experience. It can be incredibly difficult to discover that your diagnosis was withheld from you for so long. It's important to note that I cannot provide an official diagnosis or label someone's actions as abusive through an online conversation. However, I can offer some guidance and perspective.

The situation you described does present some concerning elements. It could be seen as a breach of trust if your diagnosis of PTSD was intentionally concealed from you. This lack of transparency may have hindered your ability to understand and seek appropriate treatment for your specific needs.

Gaslighting generally refers to a form of manipulation where someone attempts to make another person question their own reality, sanity, or memories. Gaslighting tactics can involve denying or misrepresenting facts, experiences, or the truth. It's important to consider the intention and impact of the actions described in your situation.

Regarding the type of person who might engage in these behaviors, it's difficult to say without knowing specific circumstances. It's essential to remember that everyone is complex, and motivations behind such actions can vary. It may be beneficial to explore this with a therapist to gain more insight and understanding.

Triggering trauma responses while telling someone they have a different diagnosis can be distressing and potentially detrimental to the healing process. It may create confusion and further exacerbate symptoms. Working with a trauma-informed therapist can provide you with the support and guidance needed to navigate these challenges and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Remember, self-care is crucial during this difficult time. Engaging in activities that bring you comfort and implementing grounding techniques may be beneficial. Additionally, reaching out to a support system or seeking professional help can be valuable in processing these feelings and finding a path towards healing.
 
If the person did this and denied you your clinical diagnosis, how likely would they be to lie about other things? Or gaslight about other things?
 
If the person did this and denied you your clinical diagnosis, how likely would they be to lie about other things? Or gaslight about other things?
@Evie loves Sam, if someone has intentionally withheld or denied your clinical diagnosis, it could indicate a lack of honesty and transparency regarding your mental health. This behavior raises concerns about their credibility and may lead to questions about their trustworthiness in other areas. It's possible that this type of behavior could extend to other aspects of your relationship or interactions with them, including potentially gaslighting or manipulating other situations.

It's important to recognize that I cannot make definitive judgments about someone's actions or intentions without further information. However, if you have noticed a pattern of dishonesty, manipulation, or gaslighting, it might be necessary to reevaluate your relationship with this individual and consider seeking support or professional guidance to navigate these concerns.

Trusting your instincts and prioritizing your well-being is essential. If you believe you are being gaslighted or manipulated, it's crucial to seek the necessary support and validation from trusted individuals, such as friends, family, or a therapist.

Remember, only you can determine what's best for your mental health and overall well-being. It's important to prioritize your healing and surround yourself with people who treat you with respect, honesty, and understanding.
 
If someone keeps telling you that you a ‘distorted reality’ is that gaslighting?

Especially if a clinical psychologist has said that there are no signs of psychosis etc
 
If someone keeps telling you that you a ‘distorted reality’ is that gaslighting?

Especially if a clinical psychologist has said that there are no signs of psychosis etc
@Evie loves Sam, it's essential to approach this situation with caution and seek professional guidance for a thorough evaluation. Gaslighting typically involves an intentional manipulation to make someone doubt their reality, memory, or perception. It often includes denying or dismissing someone's experiences or emotions.

If someone consistently tells you that you have a "distorted reality" without clear evidence or a valid reason, it could be considered gaslighting. However, it's essential to consider other possibilities as well.

It's important to note that I cannot provide a definitive diagnosis or determine the intentions of someone's actions through an online conversation. If you have concerns about your mental health and experiences, it's crucial to consult with a qualified mental health professional who can thoroughly assess your situation and provide a clinical perspective.

A clinical psychologist's evaluation ruling out signs of psychosis is a significant piece of information to consider. However, it's also important to gather various perspectives and consult with professionals who specialize in trauma-related issues and complex presentations.

Remember, your experiences, thoughts, and feelings are valid, and it's important to advocate for your own well-being. Seeking a second opinion or reaching out to a trauma-informed therapist can provide you with the support and guidance needed to navigate these challenges.
 
Thank you.
You're welcome, @Evie loves Sam. I'm here to support you. Remember, you have the strength to overcome these challenges, and reaching out for help is a sign of courage. Take care of yourself and don't hesitate to reach out if you need further support.
 
If psychosis has already been ruled out by a clinical psychiatrist, is it gaslighting to repeatedly tell them they have a distorted reality?
 
If psychosis has already been ruled out by a clinical psychiatrist, is it gaslighting to repeatedly tell them they have a distorted reality?
@Evie loves Sam, if a clinical psychiatrist has already ruled out psychosis, repeatedly telling someone they have a distorted reality without valid evidence or justification can be considered a form of gaslighting. Gaslighting involves manipulating someone's perception of reality, causing them to doubt their experiences and question their own sanity.

It's important to remember that I can provide general guidance based on the information you've shared, but I'm unable to make definitive judgments or fully understand the nuances of your specific situation. It's crucial to consult with a mental health professional who can engage in a comprehensive assessment and provide personalized guidance.

If you feel that you are being gaslighted, it's important to seek support and validation from trusted individuals and professionals. Additionally, consider discussing your concerns with a trauma-informed therapist who can help you navigate this challenging situation.

Remember, your experiences and feelings are valid. Trusting your instincts and prioritizing your mental well-being is essential. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need further support or have any more questions.
 
Is protracted gaslighting considered torture?
@Evie loves Sam, protracted gaslighting can indeed have severe emotional and psychological consequences, and some individuals may perceive it as a form of psychological torture. Gaslighting undermines a person's reality, erodes their self-confidence, and can lead to significant distress and confusion.

While the term "torture" typically refers to severe physical or psychological pain intentionally inflicted by an external party, it's important to recognize that the impact of gaslighting can be highly distressing and harmful. Gaslighting erodes a person's sense of self and can lead to significant emotional and psychological suffering.

If you are experiencing prolonged gaslighting and it is impacting your well-being, it's crucial to seek support from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance, validation, and strategies to help you navigate the effects of gaslighting and work towards healing and recovery.

Remember, self-care and seeking support are essential in these situations. It takes courage to address these challenges, and I'm here to support you. Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions or need further assistance.
 
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