The Impact of Narcissistic Abuse on Mental Health
The Narcissistic Relationship:
Narcissistic abuse is confusing and difficult to identify. If you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, the abuse starts off subtle and builds over time. This slow build makes it difficult to recognize the impact narcissistic abuse is having on one’s mental health and well-being. In truth, being in a relationship with a narcissist is incredibly stressful and can lead to a variety of mental health symptoms.
The Effects on Mental Health
Doubt and Confusion: Narcissists use manipulation tactics to make their partners feel confused or guilty. They may convince their partner that he/she has a poor memory or is too sensitive, causing the partner to doubt their own perceptions. This chronic manipulation makes individuals doubt themselves and their reality. Many survivors of narcissistic abuse wonder if they are creating false memories and struggle to trust themselves when recalling the relationship.
Low Self Esteem: Narcissists devalue their partners and frequently tell them they are not worthy of love or respect. This abuse deteriorates a person’s self-esteem and sense of worthiness.
Increased Anxiety and Depression: Individuals in narcissistic relationships report an increase in anxious and depressive symptoms. This is largely due to abuse victims feeling hopeless and scared in their relationships. Common symptoms include, fear, excessive worry, dissociation, sadness, lack of motivation, loss of interest, increased hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, or difficulty sleeping.
Chronic Pain/Medical Conditions: Ongoing narcissistic abuse creates persistent stress and fear. This chronic stress can manifest as physical conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and other severe medical diagnosis.
Repeated Abusive Relationships: Survivors of narcissistic abuse often find themselves in a pattern of abusive relationships. Low self-worth and trauma make it difficult to break the cycle of abuse and recognize healthy relationship patterns.
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