Nowadays, anxiety is considered a common mental or emotional disorder that requires special attention and dialogue. In fact, anxiety is a state of discomfort, unease and uncontrolled fear about a situation that a person may find himself in.

Recently, psychological studies have shown that narcissistic abuse or trauma is the root cause of anxiety disorders. Namely, according to the psychologists, both emotional and mental abuse can negatively affect mental and emotional wellbeing. People, who are highly sensitive and emotional, are the most common targets of narcissists. In addition, psychologists think that if children experience any kind of abuse during their childhood or upbringing, it can lead to serious health issues, including depression and anxiety.

TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS

The Mayo Clinic has created a list of several types of anxiety disorders:

1. Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized with serious and continuing anxiety about everyday activities and routines.

2. Substance-related anxiety disorder is characterized with panic anxiety attacks caused by withdrawal or use of some medications.

3. Anxiety disorders are provoked by health conditions, including severe anxiety or panic attacks.

4. Specific anxiety phobias or fears are usually related to some situations or objects that people want to avoid.

5. Panic anxiety disorder is manifested by an episode of severe panic attacks caused by terror or fear. People may experience shortness of breath, impending doom, pain in the chest or heart palpitations.

6. Social anxiety disorder is manifested by avoidance of social meetings due to fear, embarrassment, anxiety or other negative emotions.

7. Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that is manifested by an irrational fear of public places, which may make people feel insecure, trapped or helpless.

8. Selective mutism affects abused children. Although they can speak normally in a relaxed situation, they refuse to talk in some situations, such as school. This can interfere with their work, school or social engagement.

9. Separation anxiety disorder is a childhood disorder and it is usually caused by parents’ separation.

Children, who have a narcissistic parent or have experienced mental or emotional abuse once in the lives, are at a higher risk of developing anxiety disorders. Narcissistic or emotional abused people are manipulative and if they found themselves in trouble, they always play the victim. In some cases, they can make it seem as if you are the abuser. This abusive cycle may confuse the real victims, particularly children, as they cannot find the solution to the problem. Compassionate and emotional people are usually the victims and they think that abusers are kind and generous.

A recent study has shown that verbal abuse may lead to several psychological issues and brain damages, including depression, confusion, dissociation and anxiety. Furthermore, if the environment is hostile and unhealthy, brain damage is enhanced.

Early childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse have been closely related to abnormal physical brain damage, which in turn increases the risk of experiencing psychological disorders.

Therefore, it is of utter importance to know that if you suffer from some type of anxiety disorder or if you have been a victim of a narcissist, you can take your life back.