We all know how stress and any kind of abuse can be detrimental to our health and lead to many mental disorders such as anxiety. And even though there is a strong connection between long-term mental abuse and anxiety, many people choose to ignore it and overlook its harmful effects which are just as damaging (if not more) than physical abuse.
Yelling, disrespect, calling names, and insults can really cause someone to suffer internally. Verbal abuse in real life as well as cyberbullying are extremely dangerous and damaging because they have negative effects on both hemispheres of the brain which can further lead to serious problems and health issues.
“Because verbal abuse isn’t as clear-cut as other forms of abuse and bullying, like physical bullying and sexual bullying, it can be hard to identify. But that doesn’t make it any less real.
Typically, verbal abuse involves some sort of verbal interaction that causes a person emotional harm. For instance, when someone is being downright critical, acting out in anger, and using words to try to control another person, this is verbal abuse.
This, in turn, leaves a victim questioning who they are. In fact, it is not uncommon for a victim of verbal abuse to feel inadequate, stupid, and worthless. After all, they are being defined by a verbally abusive person.
If verbal abuse occurs in a dating relationship, it can be particularly confusing because the partner is likely not abusive all the time. As a result, when the abuser is loving and gentle the victim can forget all the about the negative behavior.
Ultimately, the victim ends up ignoring the pattern of verbal abuse or makes excuses for the behavior saying things like he is just stressed out or he is going through a tough time right now,” explains Sherri Gordon, a bullying prevention expert, and a published author.
Verbal abuse may also lead to the following conditions: digestive issues, migraines, PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, and suicidal thoughts.
How can you recognize someone who is verbally abusive? Here are the signs:
They are a mood killer.
They use name-calling as a form of manipulation.
They put the blame on others.
They are always right.
They are extremely disrespectful.
They use hurtful jokes.
They abuse their victims behind closed doors.
If you ever find yourself in this situation where you are verbally or mentally abused, then please do yourself a favor and distance yourself from the abuser. Cut off any contact with them and if you need – ask for help. Your mental health is important and you are responsible to take care of it.