Anxiety Disorders Could Be Caused By Being Exposed To Narcissistic Abuse
Perhaps you are in a relationship with somebody that believes they are far superior to you and to everybody around them. Perhaps you are married to somebody that’s “difficult” – they are often critical of you as things are always “your fault,” have an inflated ego, and demand all your attention. Or perhaps your parent runs your life and expects nothing less than excellence from you.
If you have a selfish, difficult, and emotionally unavailable loved one and feel like you have less independence and self-confidence, you may be dealing with a narcissist. They may put you down or criticize you to feel good about themselves. They may get angry if you disagree with them. They may be envious of you or believe that you are jealous of them.
They may expect admiration and accolades that are out of proportion to their accomplishment. They may lack empathy for you and intolerance of your feelings and needs.
They may also take advantage of you and exploit you for their own gain. They may manipulate you to get what they want and believe that you must go to great lengths to fulfil their needs, wants and desires.
If you are often told that you are the problem or that your normal and rational ways of responding to their narcissistic abuse are contributing to the issue, your mind may begin to suffer and you may develop anxiety.
Narcissistic Abuse May Lead to Anxiety Disorders
Even though mental resilience lets some people handle narcissistic abuse effectively, such traumatic events make others more irritable and sensitive to external stimuli.
Narcissistic abuse is considered to be a major factor in the development of anxiety disorders, PTSD, and major depression. Moreover, narcissistic abuse is more detrimental than physical abuse and the long-term effects of the first may be totally disabling.
The effects of narcissistic abuse may be destructive and painful, both in the long and short-term. You may be plagued by feelings of helplessness, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety disorders. You may experience deep shame, self-loathing, and guilt, in part because the narcissist has deliberately cultivated these feelings in you. Guilt and shame may cause you to stay silent about your experiences and may prevent you from walking away.
Even if you have already walked away from them, the effects may remain pervasive and shape your understanding of yourself or the world around you.
The psychological distress may disrupt your functionality. This loss of function takes place when the effects of narcissistic abuse become too much to bear. As a result, you may develop psychological problems, including dissociation, anger-hostility, depression, and anxiety.
If you have any of the above mentioned psychological problems, and have been a victim of narcissistic abuse, seek professional help. Contact a psychotherapy professional to discuss any mental traumas from your past or present.
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