Anxiety disorders and severe depression can take on many forms and have numerous causes. Recently mental health professionals have linked both these conditions to narcissistic abuse.
Understanding Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders encompass many different conditions that cause people to feel panic, anxiety, or distress in an overwhelming fashion. It will affect day to day activities and prevent people from leading a healthy life.
Some of the more common types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorders, phobias, general anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
The severity of these disorders may vary, but in most cases, the symptoms include fear, sleep issues, dry mouth, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and dizziness.
What is Considered Severe Depression?
Depression can cause a variety of symptoms, including sadness, fatigue, irritability, and anger. It is considered to be ‘severe’ depression when the symptoms are more intense, and encompass things like appetite and weight loss, inability to sleep, and suicidal thoughts.
Severe depression will affect a person’s day to day life, and may even paralyze them completely. It can leave them feeling hopeless, lost, and unable to care for themselves.
Understanding the Effects of Narcissistic Abuse
The effects of narcissistic abuse are more severe than most people realize, and stem from the fact that it is one of the most harmful types of abuse and can take on many forms.
People with a narcissistic personality showcase many common traits, such as:
- False image projection
- Presenting as always positive and great
- Frequent lies and exaggerations
- Attention-seeking behavior
- Sense of self-importance
- Extreme feelings of ENVY and consequent anger and rejection of the source
Contrary to popular belief, narcissists don’t love themselves and instead project an idealized image to conceal their shame. To avoid confronting their true selves, they develop coping mechanisms that are abusive – which is what is known as narcissistic abuse.
Narcissistic abuse can be financial, psychological, sexual, or even physical. It can encompass manipulation, emotional blackmail, gaslighting, sabotage, lying, withholding, privacy invasion, violence, verbal abuse, and neglect.
The effects of narcissistic abuse can shatter a victim’s self-esteem and destroy their self-confidence. Once in that state, victims are vulnerable and prone to fall into depression or develop anxiety disorders.
In many cases of narcissistic abuse, the victims will be under the illusion that they are to blame and will be unable to recognize the effect they have on their mental health.
Seeking Help Coping with Narcissistic Abuse
If you are suffering from anxiety or severe depression as a result of narcissistic abuse and seeking a way to overcome the challenges that have been imposed because of it consider seeking professional counseling for personalized therapy sessions.
Talking through the struggles that you have with an experienced professional can greatly assist in the recovery process.