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Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage


The science is out, and it is now more evident than ever before that long-term narcissistic abuse can cause brain damage. If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, then you may want to sit tight and give this article a read to the end.

Those of us who are or have been with a narcissist knows how draining it can be to be around them. And even though narcs show us NO LOVE (because narcs cannot love), many of us still choose to stay with them.

There are many reasons to which make many people stay with narcissists despite their antagonistic actions towards us.

Specifically, these reasons being trauma bonding and being romantically addicted to the narc.

Check out my article “Why No Contact Is So Difficult” to get a better understanding.

It is not as “emotional” as you may think it is.

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The Narcissists Affect On Your Brain

Check out this video below:

https://youtu.be/ix0hmkX84m0

The abuse that narcissist lash out on their victims is not always physical. Most often, the abuse is psychological.

Narcs, as I like to call them, are psychological warriors. They like to hurt their victims psychologically.

And they do this by:

  • gaslighting us
  • blame-shifting
  • constantly complaining
  • tearing down our self-esteem
  • invalidating our emotions
  • smear campaigning us

These are, to name a FEW. Narcs love the idea of psychological torture.

Check out the comic strip below. It illustrates how narcs will DO WRONG and rationalize it by shifting the blame on to someone else. 

What Do Their Actions Do To Us In The Long-Term?

Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage

The long-term effects that being with a narc can cause two major issues. The first being, swelling of the amygdala, and the second being shrinking of the hippocampus.

Now why this is salient information is because of the effects the swelling and the shrinking do to us cognitively.

What do I mean? 

Allow me to explain. 

The Amygdala

Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage

The amygdala is responsible for controlling all of our primal functions. These functions being:

  • passion
  • hate
  • fear
  • heart rate

Now pay attention to this. See what the amygdala functions?

Passion and fear.

This is precisely why it is so difficult for some people to move on from their narc. They are so compelled (because of the swelling of their amygdala) to stay with their narc.

Many of us have an extreme desire to love and change our narc for the better. And many of us also have a fear that if we leave them, then the narc will hurt us.

So the statement, or rather the argument, “why don’t they just leave” isn’t a fair statement. And it also shows the lack of understanding of many people’s parts.

The person that stays with the narc doesn’t CONSCIOUSLY know why they stay with the narc. It now becomes a more subconscious desire, or fear, in this case, to stay with their abuser.

The Hippocampus

Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage

The hippocampus is a part of the brain that is responsible for short-term memory, as well as teaching.

Now when you have a shrinking of the hippocampus, it becomes much easier for the narc to play the gaslighting game and blame-shifting game.

“I didn’t do that.”

“I didn’t say that.”

“You have such a BAD MEMORY.”

See where I am going with this?

Narcs are masters…MASTERS of psychological warfare.

This is why so many of us feel confused and even CRAZY. We begin to doubt ourselves because we no longer can remember if we did or didn’t do something the narc said.

Can This Be Reversed?

Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage

I am SO EXCITED to say that the effects that these parasites (the narc) have infected upon us CAN BE REVERSED.

You CAN take back your mental and psychological health. And the way to do this is through… GUIDED MEDITATION.

Guided Meditation has been shown and proven (read full article “HARVARD MRI STUDY SHOWS MEDITATION REBUILDS BRAIN’SBRAIN’S GREY MATTER IN 8 WEEKS“) to increase your grey matter in your brain. Thus REPAIRING the brain structure once again.

There are also other things you can do to repair your brain structure. With these different methods being:

  • aromatherapy
  • essential oils
  • Eye Movement Desensiatzion and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR)

Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage: Take Back Your Health

Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage

Long-term narcissistic abuse can cause brain damage, but it is possible to take back your health and live your life happy once again.

The link provided below is an affiliate link, to which you do not need to pay anything. With my link, you will get access to 2 months of FREE online courses.

I highly recommend that you try the Guided Meditation lessons. Also, you can get into contact with a highly qualified therapist who can offer one on one therapy session.

You may feel like you are broken at the moment…and you may be broken.

But…

You can always put yourself back together. And with guided meditation, you actively take the necessary steps to get your life back on track.

You may have lost some time and health with the narc. But you can NOW reclaim your time, health, and life once again.

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The more you know, the easier it will be to heal.

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13 Replies to “Long-term Narcissistic Abuse Can Cause Brain Damage”

  1. Can U message my FB account so I can have more details I need to see someone before I commit suicide just like my father and best friend

  2. Interesting. I’m going to see what other research is out there on this topic.
    This explains what I’m going through right now.

    1. YES!!!

      The more you research and study the more you will heal. You will initially be overwhelmed with anger, disgust, and RAGE.

      But keep educating yourself because you are going to start seeing the narc for what they are…children.

      And you will have a better understanding of them.

  3. I suddenly came down with hydrocephalus after 14 years of dealing with a narc. Just months after he ghosted and I decided on no contact. Could. the swelling in the brain be due to narc abuse?

    1. Hello, from what I have researched about this, and mind you I am not a psychologist or neurologist, it doesn’t seem like they could cause that.

      The hydrocephalus seems to be a congenital disease.

      But I wouldn’t pass on the idea that the Narcissistic abuse may have contributed to it getting worse.

  4. That’s an amazing article! I just had the last decades of my miserable life replayed like a horror film. You are absolutely 💯 on every single aspect besides the healing. I do believe anything is possible if you put your mind and heart into it unless you have not even an ounce of strength left inside of you after being entirely stripped of all your life goals, dreams and wants and needs. After you have spent more than half your life completely living it by trying to keep a narc happy ( impossible) and walking on eggshells it’s like you give up . The most important people in your world could care less about your wants and needs in fact you should not even be allowed to have those. I have always been the kindest and most loving and understanding person but you get to the point of hopelessness and do blame yourself, I still questioning my sanity on the daily even though I want to think I am the rational one, everything is my fault and you just accept that you are miserable and once you give up you can try everything but someone stole who you were and changed you. I mean I’m pretty sure I will never leave because I literally would not be able to function in the normal world. I call it that because mine is not and once they isolate you it’s over. I really am a positive person and always hoped for the best but I pray that nobody else has to endure the trauma we have and yet you still would go to the ends of the earth for them.

    1. My heart feels for you. And thank you for giving me my next article “When you feel hopeless”.

      I have to disagree with you and you have to disagree with your notion that you are crazy, broken, and beyond saving.

      If you are still alive there is always a chance to turn yourself around.

      And I know after having years to decades (I too had decades taken from me) that it can feel like you cannot be happy…but you can.

      You have to be your own hero and fight for your happiness in life. There is no other alternative in life.

      For me knowing that no one is in my corner gives me all the strength to fight that much harder.

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