Podcast Episode 108: Gasping for Air, The Stranglehold of Narcissistic Abuse Dana Diaz Survivor Story

By Karen Robinson

Heal Thrive Dream 

Prepare to be sucked into a vortex of psychological torment as we unravel Dana Diaz's gut-wrenching tale of surviving narcissistic abuse in all its twisted glory. From subtle mind games to overt control tactics, every step of this rollercoaster ride will keep you on edge. Join us as we shine a light on the often overlooked world of narcissism and its devastating impact on victims like Dana. Through her resilience and determination, discover how one person can break free from the clutches of their abuser and find redemption amidst the darkness.


  • Gain insight and understanding into the devastating effects of narcissistic abuse.
  • Learn from the survivor's story and find inspiration in their journey of overcoming adversity.
  • Discover valuable strategies and resources for healing and recovering from narcissistic abuse.
  • Empower yourself with knowledge and awareness to recognize and avoid narcissistic abuse in the future.
  • Develop a greater sense of self-worth and self-empowerment through listening to this survivor's story.
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Introduction to Dana Diaz

Dana S. Diaz studied journalism and psychology at DePaul University. While there’s no better teacher than life experience and Dana has had life-long experiences with narcissistic abuse, her education did give her the ability to accurately verbalize and express how narcissistic abuse creates confusion and conflict within victims. Today, Dana is a proud voice for fellow victims who are unable, afraid, or ashamed to share their experiences. She strives to create awareness and understanding to ensure victims are given the support they need to first understand their situation and then begin the healing process. Her first book, chronicling her own abusive marriage that lasted nearly three decades, started as a journal that she hid under the couch cushion in the basement. When she isn’t speaking out on narcissistic abuse, Dana can be found listening to music by Eric Hutchinson, ElleKing, Green Day, Amy Winehouse, Julia Michaels, and Taylor Swift. She equally loves her gray Converse shoes (she wears them every day!) and her Toyota FJ Cruiser. Dana watches the sunrise and set every single day, and enjoys hikes in the woods. She absolutely loves animals for their sensitivity and loving hearts and has two cats, Kitty Kitty and Tigger. Dana makes her home in Illinois with her husband Doug.

Your need for love is not a weakness, but a testament to your strength and resilience. Embrace it.

Website: https://danasdiaz.com/
Email: info@danasdiaz.com

Dana's book "Gasping for Air"

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Karen Robinson

  Karen Robinson  

About the Author

I'm licensed therapist with 25 years of clinical experience. Service driven, specializing in trauma recovery, anxiety, and depression, holistic care, and transformation to create an impact for trauma survivors globally. Services include coaching, therapy, virtual courses, digital products, and on-line memberships.

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