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Studies Show Anxiety Disorders May Be Caused By Exposure To Narcissistic Abuse

Abuse is one of the most stressful situations to escape from. Think of how you feel when you are in a relationship; love fills everything, it is almost impossible to find fault with your significant other, and you would do anything for the one that you love.
This set of occurrences is the same when someone is in an abusive relationship. However, they are getting nothing out of it except for pain and suffering.
The most common individuals that these Narcissistic abusers targets are those who are highly sensitive and quite by nature; those who won’t fight back. Those who are also lesser social beings are also targeted because they rely more strongly on their “stronger” half.
When this kind of abuse occurs, there won’t be the same sort of evidence as physical violence. Such abuse as this is purely emotional. The biggest signs of someone who is being affected by narcissistic abuse are decreased health and self-esteem.

Self-identity problems are enormous in this situation because the victim is constantly being told it is their fault for feeling bad about how they are being treated; this is NOT true, and no one should be ashamed for feeling attacked emotionally.
Due to this kind of abuse being incredibly straining, there is a high chance that a form of Stockholm Syndrome may occur. This is when a victim creates a trauma bond with their abuser. You may be wondering; why would anyone form a bond with someone who hurts them?
Well, the truth of the matter is that acting in such a way provides the victim with a small sense of protection. It is a survival strategy that psychologically takes place with the philosophy that if the victim believes the same thing (or takes the side) of the abuser, the victim will no longer be seen as a threat that needs to be punished.

Such an event is seen in extreme cases of physical and mental abuse.
The Mayo Clinic has compiled a list of several types of anxiety disorders, and describes the most common conditions as follows:
– Generalized anxiety disorder is manifested by overwhelming and persistent anxiety about commonplace events or activities.
– Anxiety disorder is triggered by a medical condition such as physically-caused panic attacks or intense anxiety.
– Substance-related anxiety disorder is manifested by panic or anxiety attacks because of certain substance use/withdrawal.
– Specific phobias are anxieties or fears associated with particular objects or situations.
– Social anxiety disorder is characterized by social situation avoidance because of embarrassment, anxiety, fear, or other negative self-reflected emotions.
– 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.
– Selective mutism affects many abused kids. Even though they’re able to speak normally in relaxed settings, they don’t speak in particular situations.
– Panic disorder is characterized by a cycle of panic disorders, like panic attacks out of the fear of experiencing one.
– Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by an irrational fear of open or public places.
– 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.

Kids with at least one emotionally abusive or narcissistic parent are at a higher risk of developing anxiety. Emotionally abusive or narcissistic people are great manipulators and high-functioning people. If caught in bad behavior, they’re able to talk themselves out of trouble, as well as turn the whole situation around.
This cycle of abuse can confuse the victims, particularly kids, because they feel that something is wrong, but can’t find a solution.
The victims often include empathetic and compassionate people that believe their abusers are nice people.
According to a study conducted by Muhammad Gadit from Memorial University of Newfoundland, verbal abuse could contribute to great psychological problems and brain damage, like dissociation, anger-hostility, depression, and anxiety in later years.
What’s more, Dr. Douglas Fields pointed out that when an environment is socially unhealthy or hostile, brain development is affected or impaired.
Early childhood physical abuse, sexual abuse, or witnessing domestic violence, have been associated with abnormal physical changes in the brain of kids, with long-term effects, which increase the risk of psychological disorders.
So, in case you’ve been abused in any way in your childhood, it isn’t your fault. You must be patient with yourself and you’ll finally become a stronger person.
Source: impleorganicmedicine.com, iheartintelligence.com

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