By Mila Koljensic
If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, then you know it can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Narcissists – whether diagnosed or not – can be emotionally manipulative and leave their partners feeling drained and depleted. But what many people don’t realize is that narcissistic abuse can also have a profound effect on your physical health.
Here are five ways that narcissistic abuse can affect your body and mind:
1. Narcissistic abuse can cause chronic fatigue.
One of the most common symptoms among victims of narcissistic abuse is chronic fatigue.
This is because narcissists are often energy vampires, and they can suck the life out of their partners. If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, then you may find that you have no energy or motivation left to do anything. You may also find that you are constantly tired and have difficulty sleeping.
There are many things that can contribute to chronic fatigue, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis. Once you know what is causing your fatigue, you can start treatment and feel better.
2. Narcissistic abuse can bring about depression and anxiety.
Narcissists often use emotional manipulation to control their partners. They may make them feel worthless or that they are never good enough. This can lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair.
Anxiety can result from the victim’s fear of being abandoned by the narcissist. This is a very real fear, as narcissists can be emotionally abusive – leaving their partners feeling isolated and alone.
If you are experiencing depression or anxiety, it is important to get help. There are many effective treatments available, so don’t hesitate to reach out for support.
3. Narcissistic abuse increases stress and panic attacks.
Stress is another common symptom of narcissistic abuse. Because narcissists can be demanding, they put a lot of pressure on their partners. They may also make them feel like they are constantly in danger, which can lead to panic attacks.
If you are experiencing stress or panic attacks, it is important to seek help. There are many ways to manage and treat stress and panic attacks, so please don’t hesitate to get professional help.
4. Physical illnesses can be brought about by narcissistic abuse.
Narcissistic abuse can also cause physical illnesses such as chronic pain, digestive issues, and headaches. This is because when we are under constant stress, our bodies release cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone that can have a negative impact on our health if it is released at high levels for long periods of time.
5. Narcissistic abuse impacts relationships with family and friends.
Because narcissists tend to be controlling and emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abusive their partners often feel utterly alone and living in a constant state of fear. After victims succeed in their attempts to regain control over their own lives, they may become resentful and angry that they were put in this position. This anger and resentment certainly affects their other significant relationships with family and friends.
If you are having difficulty with any of your relationships, it is important to seek help. There are many therapists with vast knowledge and experience treating victims of narcissistic abuse, so please don’t hesitate to reach out for help from professionals who can guide, assist, and ultimately improve the situation.
Narcissistic abuse can have a profound effect on your body and mind. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this blog post, please seek help. There are many available treatment options, so there is no need to suffer in silence.
You deserve to live a happy and healthy life, free from narcissistic abuse.