What Is Narcissistic Abuse?
Are you or have you been in an emotionally abusive relationship? Have you felt controlled, demeaned and belittled? Do you feel confused, inadequate and anxious all the time? If you are or have been in a relationship with a psychologically abusive person, you will relate to the following symptoms of what is sometimes referred to as "narcissistic abuse":
· You no longer trust yourself or your instincts
· You feel stuck and can’t make decisions
· You think you are unworthy of love, attention or respect
· You feel “oversensitive” and “over-emotional”
· You are depressed, anxious and have no self-esteem
· You feel incapable and incompetent
· You wonder why you never feel content, happy or joyful
· You feel like you are “losing it” as you continually struggle with high-drama
· You struggle with helplessness, self-disgust and shock
These are normal reactions to an abnormal situation. Psychologically abusive relationships are not ‘normal relationships’. They are traumatizing for the victim. Repeated exposure to a cruel, controlling, harsh and vindictive partner is traumatizing, often triggering the "flight, fight or freeze" fear response in the survivor’s brain.
Narcissistic abuse is a serious public health issue. Even though narcissistic abuse is projected to affect more people than clinical depression, public awareness and research on the issue is minimal. Download now to learn what you need to know about this serious mental health issue.