Recent psychological theories have found that the real reasons for anxiety may be narcissistic abuse! Psychologists have reason to believe that different forms of emotional or mental abuse may have long term effects on our health. People who have experienced mental or physical abuse as children are much more prone to have anxiety disorders as adults. Below are the most common anxiety disorders:
- Panic disorder is characterized by panic attacks caused by the of the fear of experiencing one, this often becomes a negative cycle
- Substance-related anxiety disorder can be manifested by panic or anxiety attacks because of certain substance use/withdrawal
- Separation anxiety disorder affects many kids in school or similar settings. It’s triggered by the separation from parents or anyone else that has a parental role in the life of the kid
- Anxiety disorders are triggered by a medical condition such as physically-caused panic attacks or intense anxiety
- Selective mutism affects many abused kids. Even though they’re able to speak normally in relaxed settings, they don’t speak in particular situations
- Specific phobias are anxieties or fears associated with particular objects or situations
- Generalized anxiety disorder is manifested by overwhelming and persistent anxiety about commonplace events or activities
- Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by an irrational fear of open or public places
- Social anxiety disorder is characterized by social situation avoidance because of embarrassment, anxiety, fear, or other negative self-reflected emotions
- Other unspecified or specified anxiety disorders cover other forms of phobias or anxiety that are equally disruptive but don’t fit in any of the above mentioned categories
Children who have even one emotionally abusive or narcissistic parent are at a much higher risk of developing anxiety. People who are narcissistic or abusive often are also skilled manipulators who are able to talk themselves out of the trouble they have caused and turn situations around to their benefit pretty fast. This cycle of abuse can really confuse the victims, specifically children, as they understand that something is wrong, but are unable to find a solution.
Victims are usually empathetic and compassionate people who believe that their abusers are nice people who care for them. A recent study at the Memorial University of Newfoundland has found that verbal abuse can contribute to psychological problems and brain damage such as dissociation, anger, hostility, depression and anxiety in later years. When the environment is socially unhealthy or even hostile, brain development is affected and can even be impaired.
If you’ve experienced any form of abuse in your childhood remember that it isn’t your fault. Be kind and empathetic to yourself and create a process to become better and reduce your anxiety. Be patient with yourself and work toward becoming a stronger person!