The Link Between Verbal Abuse and Anxiety That No One Talks About

Verbal abuse is the worst kind of abusive behavior. Verbal abuse is demeaning and disrespectful and sometimes can come in the form of bullying, domestic abuse or verbal attacks.

Maybe you are already familiar with the verbal abuse, but did you know that it is directly connected with anxiety? Well, many people suffer from anxiety as a result of verbal abuse.

One recent study has shown that those who did suffer from anxiety and depression were also former victims of verbal abuse. Within the study, observations were done on young adults at age of 18-25. Scientists were able to tell the difference between those who suffered from anxiety and depression as opposed to those who did not.  It turns out that the individuals who experienced verbal abuse in the past, went through trauma, mostly during middle school years, a time when the brain is developing at its highest rate.

Verbal and emotional abuse are quite similar. Words can really hurt a person and damage their emotions and self-esteem. There is a connection between these things and permanent damage can occur to the brain.

There are many symptoms associated with verbal abuse. There are instant consequences as well as long-term effects. By the way, all these things can be directed linked to anxiety disorders. That’s why it’s important to notice these signs before verbal abuse takes permanent hold and seek for help.

Short-term symptoms:

Troubles in communication

Overanalyzing situations

Low self-esteem

Impaired decision making

Constant overthinking

Long-term symptoms:

Migraines and headaches

Chronic pain

Digestive problems




Eating disorders

Thoughts of suicide

This is what harsh words can do. If you notice some of the symptoms and effects described above, you should definitely ask for help.

Anxiety certainly can come from verbal abuse, and if you are enduring such abuse, you need to put a stop to it. Here is how to recognize verbal abuse:

Being called offensive names

Being unappreciated at home and in public

Being sad or in pain for long periods of time

Being manipulated

Feeling isolated from other people, family and friends

Abuser never likes the things that you are interested in

Abuser never admits to any wrongs. He/she never apologizes for his/her behavior

Verbal abuse mostly happens behind closed doors

Source: Learning Mind

7 comments on “The Link Between Verbal Abuse and Anxiety That No One Talks About”

  1. X says:

    I think i fall into this, i don’t know if it me who is the bad person or my ex. So many of my friends and family say he was emotionally and verbally abusive. I feel like i’ve lost all objectivity in regards to this person. I just want to know if I was in a verbally abusive relationship.

  2. Lisa says:

    I’ve known this for 35 years.

  3. Annie says:

    I am in the medical field and there is a 34 year old man that I have known all his life and he is a verbal abuse. He was raised in that kind of environment although he was bullied in school. Could he be doing this out of anxiety himself?

  4. Denise says:

    Me: “I’m psychologically abused by you.”

    He: “Abused is a harsh term.”

    Me: “Okay, then I I’m psychologically neglected.”

    He: “That’s better.”

    Me: “Neglect is ABUSE.”


  5. Brenda Lippingwell says:

    This is a universal problem that so many people live with myself included what concerns me is the young people that isolate themselves and resort to using drugs how do we reach out to them and let them know they are valuable to this universe.

  6. Roy Cohen says:

    This is so timely. I am good friends with young man who is in therapy right now for almost all the symptoms listed above. He was raised in this sort of environment and his father is still verbally abusive to this day. I am trying to counter that situation by showing this young man love and acceptance. My heart breaks for victims of verbal abuse…I was also a victim.

  7. karin23 says:

    This is what led to my divorce.

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