Did you know that anxiety is the most frequent mental disease in the U.S. with 40 million of adults suffering on a yearly basis from different types of anxiety disorders?
According to newest psychological theories, some of the underlying causes of anxiety may actually be narcissistic abuse. Namely, psychologists assert that any type of mental or emotional abuse can have long-term impact on one’s mental and emotional health. When this trauma happens in childhood, it can cause even more serious problems with one’s overall health and well-being. Narcissistic abusers have the tendency to persuade children that they are the core of every problem that is happening in their lives.
What Are the Major Anxiety Disorders?
- Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by an irrational fear of public and open areas
- Generalized anxiety disorder is manifested through constant and overwhelming anxious thoughts about common activities and events
- Panic disorders involve cycles of panic disorders, for example, a panic attack may occur as a result of the fear of experiencing a panic attack
- Selective mutism is very frequent among abused children; the child may speak normally in relaxed situations, but in some situations, they do not
- Substance-induced anxiety disorder stands for anxiety developed due to the overuse of specific substances or the withdrawal from them
- Social anxiety disorder is associated with the ongoing avoidance of social events out of anxiety, shame, or fear
- Separation anxiety disorder may develop in school-age children and it has to do with separation from parents or other people who take care of them
Narcissistic Abuse & Its Negative Impact
The ongoing abuse cycle is known to lead to confusion in the victims, especially if they are children, and cause them to feel helpless. Narcissistic individuals usually target compassionate and empathetic whom they manage to manipulate for their own personal gain. According to a study done by the Memorial University of Newfoundland, verbal abuse may result in severe psychological issues later on in life, as well as brain damage, depression, anxiousness, and anger-hostility.
Physical changes in children’s brain may be a consequence of physical and sexual abuse or being a witness of domestic violence. With this in mind, it is important to mention that everyone who may have been abused in childhood in this or that way is not guilty for that! You need patience, time, and adequate help and you will soon become much stronger than ever before and leave this difficult period of your life behind.
Check out the video below if you want to learn more about why you may be feeling anxious lately:
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