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

Verbal abuse can come in the form of bullying, cyber bullying, domestic abuse, or abusive dialogue in general, and there is a direct connection with verbal abuse and anxiety (in part) due to a connection between the right and left hemisphere of the human brain. And since the brain physically changes over the course of our lifetimes, the more human beings are exposed to verbal abuse—in any and all of its countless forms—the more physical damage results. Furthermore, just as sexual or physical abuse is even more detrimental to youths and children than it is to adults, so too is verbal abuse particularly devastating to young people.

Brain scans reveal that young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 can easily be identified and separated into categories based on whether or not they suffered from anxiety and depression which may have resulted from some form of abuse. Tellingly, individuals who experienced verbal abuse often did so in middle school when their brains were developing most rapidly. As alluded to, verbal and emotional abuse are quite similar, and words can cause drastic damage to self-esteem and emotions in general. With all of this in mind, it’s easy to see why permanent damage to the brain often occurs.

Please read the information below and seek help for yourself or anyone else before verbal abuse takes permanent hold.

Short-term symptoms.

-constant overthinking

-unenthusiastic, little or no self-esteem

-difficulty making decisions and being decisive in general

Long-term effects.

-chronic pain

-digestive problems


-headaches or migraines

-sadness or depression

-suicide or thoughts of suicide


-eating disorders

Again, if you suspect that yourself, your friend, your family member, or anyone else you know may be demonstrating any of these symptoms or effects, inform someone who is capable of providing them with the proper help that they need. Keep an eye out for sudden and/or dramatic changes in mood or behaviour, and offer any support which you are capable or qualified of offering.

Other signs of verbal abuse.

-being called demeaning or otherwise offensive names

-seeming sad or in pain after being out of sight or at home for long periods of time

-being unappreciated at home and in public

-shifting from a good mood to a bad mood after speaking to a particular person or after interacting with a particular person

-losing interest in certain things after they have been criticized by a particular person (or forbidden)

-lack of confidence or certainty due to constant criticism, disinformation, or gaslighting

-isolation due to anxiety

-feelings of guilt due to unjust criticism, blame, or gaslighting





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