10+ Mental Illnesses Caused By Staying With A Narcissists
Staying in a relationship with a narcissist can have many negative effects on not only our emotional well-being but it on our mental and psychological well-being.
If you are with a narcissist and believe that your love can change them…STOP.
These people will tear you apart trying to HELP THEM and think nothing of you once they have broken you.
There is NO GLORY in being a sacrificial lamb to these vultures.
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- 1 10+ Mental Illnesses Caused By Staying With A Narcissists
- 1.1 1. Stress Creates Free Radicals That Kill Brain Cells
- 1.2 2. Stress From A Narcissists Can Cause Your Hippocampus Shrinks
- 1.3 3. Stress From A Narcissists Can Cause Your Amygdala Inflates
- 1.4 4. Stress Creates a Vicious Cycle of Fear and Anxiety
- 1.5 5. Stress Halts the Production of New Brain Cells
- 1.6 6. Stress Depletes Critical Neurotransmitters
- 1.7 7. Stress Puts You at Greater Risk for Mental Illnesses of All Kinds
- 1.8 8. Stress Makes You Stupid
- 1.9 9. Stress Shrinks Your Brain
- 1.10 10. Stress Contributes to Brain Inflammation and Depression
- 1.11 11. Childhood Trauma
- 1.12 12. Insomnia
- 1.13 13. Tension Headaches
10+ Mental Illnesses Caused By Staying With A Narcissists
1. Stress Creates Free Radicals That Kill Brain Cells
We are familiar with the phrase stress kills. But you probably didn’t know that stress slowly kills your brain cells.
Living with a narc who gaslights can be one thing but then trying to explain their insanity and nefarious actions to someone can be HELL.
And this is due to how much they damage their victim’s minds.
Check out this article “How Free Radicals Destroy the Brain & How Glutathione Can Help“.
2. Stress From A Narcissists Can Cause Your Hippocampus Shrinks
If you ever find yourself doubting yourself and questioning if you really “said that” or “did that” this is because the stress is shrinking your hippocampus, which makes it difficult for you to remember what really happened.
Narcs know exactly what they are doing and staying with them for the long-term (trying to make your love CHANGE THEM) will only do more harm to your mental well-being than good.
Check out this article “Long-Term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage“.
3. Stress From A Narcissists Can Cause Your Amygdala Inflates
For those who wonder why they find it so difficult trying to LEAVE THE NARC AND GO NO CONTACT, this is because stress with them makes it so that you feel a strong connection with them emotionally.
Having an inflated amygdala causes you to feel passion, hate, and fear at a higher level.
For some that passion (love) of the false person, the narc was while love-bombing makes that connection strong.
The hatred you have for them makes it very difficult for some to move on because we seek revenge.
And the fear of moving on can be crippling for many of us.
4. Stress Creates a Vicious Cycle of Fear and Anxiety
Walking on eggshells is not uncommon for those of us who have or are still currently in a relationship with a narcissist.
5. Stress Halts the Production of New Brain Cells
Excerpt from Power Of Positivity,
“It has long been established that stress-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) trigger changes in brain structure, including differences in the volume of gray matter versus white matter, as well as the and size and connectivity of the amygdala,” says endurance athlete, coach, and author, Christopher Bergland.
6. Stress Depletes Critical Neurotransmitters
Living with a narc can cause people to develop CPTSD and PTSD. It has long been known that children who grow up with narcissistic parents have the same brain scans of soldiers who have been to war.
7. Stress Puts You at Greater Risk for Mental Illnesses of All Kinds
Stress can lead to a myriad of other mental illnesses, such as:
- Severe headaches
- Chronic Pain
- Change in Libido
8. Stress Makes You Stupid
Stress can lower your intelligence.
Excerpt from Prevention,
“High stress levels are not only associated with poorer brain functioning but may even link to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Brendan Kelley, MD, neurologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio
9. Stress Shrinks Your Brain
Excerpt from Yale News,
Experiencing stressful life events, such as a divorce or job loss, can reduce gray matter in critical regions of the brain that regulate emotion and important physiological functions — even in healthy individuals, Yale researchers report in a study published online the week of Jan. 9 in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
10. Stress Contributes to Brain Inflammation and Depression
Stress is a key factor in leading many people to depression.
11. Childhood Trauma
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), children who grow up in traumatic households have a higher likelihood of developing substance abuse BEFORE the age of 18.
Read the full report here 2019 Guide: the Link Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction in Adulthood
Sleepless nights are very common for those who have to deal with the insanity that is the narcissist.
13. Tension Headaches
Throbbing headaches that beat you into submission are just as common.
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