Bullying and Verbal Abuse's Consequences As a result, people may have a variety of symptoms, ranging from anxiety and sadness to PTSD in severe situations. Verbal abuse can also lead to the victim believing very bad things about oneself, lowering their self-esteem. This form of abuse can cause long-term psychological problems for its victims.
The following are just some of the possible consequences of verbal abuse:
Psychological Problems The person being verbally abused will almost always experience psychological problems as a result. These can be mild or serious, depending on the nature of the abuse. For example, if the abuser makes your life miserable with their words but doesn't physically harm you, you may find that you feel depressed or anxious. You might also have trouble sleeping or eating properly. If the abuser uses language that insults your intelligence or makes fun of your appearance, it could lead to feeling humiliated or embarrassed. They could also say things that criticize who you are as a person, such as calling you lazy or worthless. This type of abuse can cause you to feel confused or frustrated about why someone would treat you this way.
Physical Problems Verbal abuse can also have physical repercussions. If an abuser calls you names like "idiot" or "stupid," it can lead to you feeling mentally impaired. This could affect your ability to think clearly or make good decisions.
Fear and anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD, intrusive memories, memory gap disorders, sleep or eating problems, hyper-vigilance and exaggerated startle responses, irritability, anger issues, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, self-harm, and assaultive behaviors are all psychological effects of verbal abuse.
Verbal abuse can be very damaging to your physical health as well. The constant emotional trauma of being insulted, demeaned, and humiliated without justification will have a negative impact on your mind and body. You are likely to experience mental illness if you are a victim of verbal abuse.
You are also at risk for developing physical illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer if you are a victim of verbal abuse. Studies show that people who are exposed to domestic violence are three times more likely than others to die before their time due to infections caused by injuries related to domestic violence. In addition, women who have been in abusive relationships are also at increased risk for suicide. It is estimated that 20% of female murder victims were killed by their partners. Women who report being abused physically or sexually are 7 times more likely to report suicidal thoughts than other women.
Verbal abuse can also have serious long-term consequences for your career and personal life. When you are a victim of verbal abuse, your employer may fire you, refuse to give you a promotion, or not hire you because they don't want to be accused of harassing employees.
A number of studies have revealed that children who are verbally abused at home or at school are more prone than adults to develop depression and anxiety. Finally, adults who were verbally abused as children are more likely to engage in verbal abuse themselves.
Verbal abuse has been shown to cause people to feel worthless, embarrassed, and frustrated. It can also lead them to think that they are responsible for the words said against them. Children who experience verbal abuse may believe that they deserve it because they did something wrong. This can have long-lasting effects on their emotional stability later in life.
Verbal abuse can take many forms. It may include name-calling, insulting, and humiliating someone. This can be done intentionally or unintentionally. Intentional verbal abuse is used by parents or teachers to make children feel bad about themselves or to exert control over them. Unintentional verbal abuse may result from anger or frustration. Parents may say things like "You're stupid" or "Get out of my way" when they really mean to tell their child that she or he is good enough.
Children who are victims of verbal abuse often don't tell anyone about the situation because they don't want to be hurt again. This can have negative effects on their health.
When verbal abuse is very severe, it can have an influence on people's ability to regard themselves as successful in any aspect of life. As adults, those who were verbally abused as children may face feelings of worthlessness, trouble trusting people, and difficulties controlling their emotions. These are all symptoms of verbal abuse.
Verbal abuse can also have long-term effects on how someone feels about themselves. It can teach them that they aren't good enough or don't count for anything, which can lead to depression or anxiety disorders as an adult. Further, the person being verbally abused may develop beliefs about themselves that are not true, such as "I am nothing without him/her." This can cause them to seek out more verbal abuse from others if they think it will help them feel better about themselves.
Finally, verbal abuse can be extremely damaging to relationships with others. If you're being verbally abused, then of course you're going to want to get away from this person. However, if you do leave, then you may create a pattern of leaving, which will eventually teach your abuser that he/she can get what they want by shutting you out. This can lead to even worse verbal abuse when you try to leave again.
In conclusion, verbal abuse is a problem because it can have negative effects on its victims.
The psychological consequences can be far-reaching: 85% of abuse victims report having had some form of negative emotional reaction, such as anger, fear, being less trusting, having poor self-esteem, despair, anxiety, humiliation, and guilt. These reactions often remain even after the abuse is done, which may explain why so many sexual abusers do it again.
Sexual abuse has been estimated to affect approximately 70 million people worldwide. It occurs in an estimated two out of every 100 children under age 18, with a higher rate of occurrence among poverty-stricken families. Although it can happen to anyone, it is most common among boys who live with abusive fathers and young girls who live with sexually aggressive men.
Children who have experienced sexual abuse tend to show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, disturbance in their sleep patterns, and problems with concentration. Because these effects last long after the abuse has stopped, it is not surprising that many sexual abuse victims develop disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops following exposure to a traumatic event or events. Symptoms include reliving the experience through nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and intense feelings of fear. Sexual abuse victims may also suffer from alcohol or drug addiction as a way of coping with the trauma.
Anxiety, despair, and even post-traumatic stress disorder might follow (PTSD). These repercussions of psychological abuse might continue longer than the relationship in which they occur. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a genuine worry if you have experienced any of the numerous types of abuse. If you've been psychologically abused, you might experience some or all of these effects.
Physical symptoms are also possible if you suffer from chronic psychological abuse. For example, your body may respond to chronic emotional trauma by producing excessive levels of the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. This can lead to problems with digestion, sleep, and concentration, among others.
If you find yourself answering yes to any of these questions, it's time to take action and get out of this relationship before things go too far:
Are you afraid to leave because you don't know what will happen to you? Do not be afraid, there are resources available that can help you.
Is your partner abusing you by denying your needs? Do not allow him/her to control you by denying you access to food, shelter, or medical care.
Are you trapped in an abusive relationship? It's time to escape before it's too late. Use one of our guidebooks to create a plan for leaving safely.
Are you still in an abusive relationship after trying to leave? It's time to consider getting help.