Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as defined by wikipedia is “a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma.”
I recently became aware of the fact that victims of spiritual abuse can suffer symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and these symptoms can develop months and even years after leaving the spiritually abusive group. This was brought to my attention by a friend who had been an associate pastor in a spiritually abusive church and now, years later, has been suffering from nightmares as a result of his experiences while in that group.
Knowledge is essential as we journey to freedom so it’s important that we recognize the symptoms of PTSD in ourselves and in others who have been spiritually abused. There is help and I believe the following links are good sources of information. So, in order to understand the development of PTSD in victims of spiritual abuse, go here and here.