Dealing with narcissistic misconduct comes with many devastating consequences. Many experts link narcissistic misconduct with various mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety.
Narcissistic people are oftentimes manipulative, controlling, and emotionally abusive at the very least. Because these behaviors are intrinsically tied to Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the victims of a narcissist can be left severely traumatized. Narcissistic manipulation and abuse cause the victims to question their reality and, in many cases, can destroy the victim’s self-esteem.
The results of narcissistic trauma are so devastating that it can change your brain. The reason for this is the hippocampus. The hippocampus is responsible for learning and short-term memory. One study carried out by the University of New Orleans and Stanford University researchers found that patients who had the highest baseline cortisol (stress hormone) and a greater number of PTSD symptoms ended up with the highest decreases in hippocampus volume over time.
The longer we are in an emotionally abusive situation, the more our hippocampus deteriorates. When our hippocampus deteriorates, it becomes harder for us to learn and maintain memories.
Another region of the brain, the amygdala, is responsible for our primal emotions (it’s our reptile brain.) When we are constantly under stress, we are far more likely to act in ways we otherwise wouldn’t.
The entire personality of a narcissist is geared towards tearing the victim of their misconduct down and then building them up only to keep them around. This cycle can go back and forth the entire duration of the @buse, which can psychologically damage the victim of the abuse in many ways.
Oftentimes, victims of narcissistic abuse end up with complex post-traumatic disorder- which can include symptoms like panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations, depression, and more.
Narcissists work to make their victims feel unstable, so they will feel like they need them. Living like this for a long period can destroy your mental health.
Thankfully, over time, our minds can heal from the trauma, and they even have EMDR therapy (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) which can alleviate PTSD symptoms in 8-12 sessions, according to studies. If you have been a victim of abuse, there is hope. Seek out help if you are still being abused, and find a way out and seek therapy. The sooner you leave the situation, the faster you can begin healing.