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


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

Recent psychological theories maintain that the cause of
anxiety is actually narcissistic abuse.

Psychologists are aware of the fact that any sort of emotional
or mental abuse can leave long-term effects on the mental and
emotional health, and if this trauma is experienced during
childhood, it leads to even more severe consequences, and the
child is persuaded that it is the culprit for the problem.

This is actually the definition of narcissistic treatment when
the other person convinces you that everything is your fault,
no matter what happens.

According to psychologists, it is completely normal to
disassociate after such emotional abuse, and it later leads to
anxiety disorders.

This is a list of the most common anxiety disorders, by the
Mayo Clinic:

  • Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder manifested by an
    irrational fear of open and public places.
  • Anxiety disorder caused by a medical condition like intense
    anxiety or physically-induced panic attacks.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent
    and overwhelming anxiety about commonplace activities or
  • Panic disorders include cycles of panic disorders, such as
    panic attacks out of the fear of having one.
  • Selective mutism is common in abused children, and while
    they are able to speak normally in relaxed settings, they still
    do not speak in certain situations.
  • Separation anxiety disorder is also common in children in
    school or similar settings and is caused by the separation from
    parents or others who have parental roles in the life of the
  • Social anxiety disorder is related to the avoidance of
    social situations due to fear, anxiety, embarrassment, and
    other negative self-reflected emotions.
  • Specific phobias are fears or anxieties linked to certain
    situations or objects.
  • Substance-induced anxiety disorder is characterized by
    anxiety or panic attacks due to the use of specific substances,
    or even withdrawal from those substances.
  • Other specified anxiety disorders and unspecified anxiety
    disorder cover other types of anxiety or phobias which are
    equally disruptive but do not fit in any of the categories

Children with at least one parent narcissistic and emotionally
abusive are especially prone to anxiety. These people are
actually high-functioning, and good manipulators. When caught
in bad behavior, they can skillfully find a way to talk
themselves out of trouble, and turn the entire situation

This endless cycle of abuse confuses the victims, especially
children, as they feel that things are not right, but cannot
find a solution.

The most common targets of narcissists are compassionate, and
empathetic people, who can believe their abusers are actually
nice people for long.

A study by Muhammad Gadit from Memorial University of
Newfoundland found that “Verbal abuse can cause
significant psychological problems in later years and brain
damage, including anxiety, depression, anger-hostility, and

Moreover, as Doctor Douglas Fields explained in Psychology
Today, “When [an] environment is hostile or socially
unhealthy, development of the brain is affected, and often it
is impaired.

Early childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, or even
witnessing domestic violence, have been shown to cause abnormal
physical changes in the brain of children, with lasting
effects, that predisposes the child to develop psychological

Therefore, if you have been abused in any way in your
childhood, remember that it is NOT your fault. You need to be
patient with yourself, and you will eventually become a
stronger person, as time will recover the damage.

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