Scientists have found a correlation between anxiety and long-term mental abuse. All of the stress and trauma that accumulate over time may ultimately lead to a mental disorder, like anxiety.
According to a psychologist that specializes in relationships and trauma, Devon MacDermott, verbal abuse is chronic verbal interaction that is unwanted and can make the victim feel some type of emotional harm. It’s often from a close relation such as a family member, close friend, parent, or partner. Treating somebody with disrespect, yelling at and insulting them can be harmful to their health.
In fact, the impact can be as bad or even worse as those from other types of abuse, including physical abuse.
This Type of Abuse Is One of Worst Forms of Abuse
Verbal abuse is the excessive use of language to undermine somebody’s security and dignity through humiliation or insults, in a repeated or sudden manner.
It may contribute to serious and profound psychological injury. In addition, damage from this type of abuse may remain hidden while affecting the victim psychologically. The victim may not respond although their dignity is attacked. It can lead to lack of motivation, poor concentration, stress, depression, and more.
Emotional and verbal abuses are actually the same thing, since abusing somebody verbally can get to them on an emotional level, causing damage to their self-esteem and confidence.
Long-term verbal abuse, in particular starting from a very young age, may contribute to various health problems later on.
Short-Term Effects of Verbal Abuse
- Low self-esteem and lack of enthusiasm
- Having difficulty making decisions
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Migraine headaches
- Chronic pain
- Digestive problems
- Eating disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
In case you notice that someone you love began to change their behavior suddenly, try to help them overcome it.
Verbal Abuse Signs:
– Almost all cases of this form of abuse take place in a closed environment, including school or home.
– A verbal abuser often uses the technique of name calling in order to manipulate the victim.
– The abuser blames the victim for everything as well as in any given situation with no exception.
– The abuser attacks the victim’s hobbies, interests, or things they like to make them feel like they aren’t good enough.
– The abuser doesn’t appreciate the victim’s hard work, achievements, or any other success.
– The abuser acts as if they’re always right. They don’t admit their mistakes or apologize. They think they’re right about everything with no exception.
– The abuser loses control when the victim is feeling good. So, in order to feel superior, they try to bring the victim down.
– The victim tends to isolate themselves from socializing and being around people, because they have low self-esteem that does make them anxious when around people.
According to MacDermott, the abuser is not a “bad person”, but they probably have an underlying issue, that’s causing them to act out in that way, including mental health problem, depression, or substance abuse.