Studies have found a link between narcissist abuse and many physical and mental health disorders, including anxiety.
One of the most common mental illnesses in the US is anxiety, and it affects over 18 percent (about 40 million) of all the adults annually.
Psychologists explain that there are various anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
All these mental conditions are typically caused by brain chemistry, traumatic events, anxiety-causing foods, personality disorders, and more.
However, there’s one potential cause of anxiety that’s rarely discussed—narcissistic abuse.
Narcissistic abuse is the mental and physical harm inflicted by severely self-centered individuals who always think highly of themselves and desire admiration from others, while not actually caring about others.
These people appear charming and respectful at first, but later become manipulative and demanding.
They often make others feel anxious, neglected, unworthy to love, and guilt-tripped.
Narcissists usually target compassionate and empathic people and ones who believe in the good nature of humankind.
Since these kindhearted people are the ones who fall victim to the narcissistic abuse, they’re the most susceptible to mental and physical health issues.
Unfortunately, this type of abuse is difficult to spot due to emotional manipulation, denial as well as self-victimization.
You might have experienced narcissistic abuse in case you’ve experienced the following from someone close to you:
The person neglected your feelings and didn’t reciprocate your friendship, love, or respect
If the person made you doubt your self-worth and feel incompetent
The person made you dependent on them, live vicariously through you and pretended to love you only when you acted by their wishes
In case the person took advantage of you for their own end and kept you isolated from friends or family
If the person verbally or physically bullied or belittled you, and made you feel for their unhappiness
If the person criticizes you, your friendship or love
The abuser always lied and cheated on you, or spread lies and gossip about you
Anxiety disorder is treatable, mostly through a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
But the following alternative treatment options are beneficial as well:
Organize your time effectively and follow an efficient schedule
Start exercising regularly, at least half an hour daily
Try meditation, yoga, and mindfulness exercises
Sleep at least 7 hours every night
Eat a healthy and balanced diet, rich in anxiety-reducing foods, and avoid sugary and processed foods
Avoid alcohol and drugs
Spend time with friends and family
Therefore, if you’ve been abused in any way by a narcissist, remember that it WASN’T your fault.
You need to be patient with yourself, and you’ll eventually heal and become a stronger person again.