Most of you who are reading this will probably agree that some words can be very hurtful. As Depeche Mode sing in one of their biggest hits “words are very unnecessary, they can only do harm”, words can indeed hurt a person and leave a big damage, even when you think they cannot.
Often times, people find them more harmful than physical pain. In fact, a recent study found that childhood emotional bullying can leave serious consequences and harm us in a way that our mental health suffers.
Continue reading the article to learn how verbal and emotional bullying can leave deep scars and cause anxiety.
The Link between Emotional Bullying & Anxiety Disorders
After birth, some brain areas are still developing and thus, the environment in which the growing child is will affect the brain development. As scientists explain, verbal abuse can have a negative impact on one’s well-being and health. Research has found that this abuse can actually make changes in the brain structure.
The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that the bullied young people participants (bullied in childhood) experienced higher levels of anger, anxiety, depression, and hostility. They believe that this is a result of the poorly developed brain connections.
Other studies have also concluded that the development of a young person’s brain is often impeded if the child lives in an unhealthy environment, including sexual or/and physical abuse or domestic violence. According to the new finding, verbal and bullying can leave permanent effect on the brain.
Moreover, it was also found that the young people who were bullied in middle school were the most adversely affected.
How Can Verbal Abuse Trigger Anxiousness?
In most cases, people who verbally abuse others have a narcissistic nature and tend to manipulate others in order to gain full control. These people usually “target” people who can be easily manipulated emotionally.
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