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How does mental abuse affect the body?

Because our bodies are connected to our brains, our relationships, our psyche, our environment, what effects one will affect the other. Mental abuse produces anxiety, stress, depression, etc. all of which have physical outcomes. Blood pressure is elevated through higher adrenaline production; muscles tense producing pain; all the things you have read about stress, cardiac risks, etc. Depression produces body aches, makes appetite decrease and subsequent nutritional deficits come into play if that continues long enough. Mental abuse can also cause the brain architecture to shrink. After a certain age, that impact is less harmful but if this abuse happens at an early age, the damage cannot be physically undone and life potential for learning and success is lost.

Mental abuse affects the body through a range of psychological conditions. Many victims of mental abuse suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. A person experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder may also develop eating disorders or entertain and act on suicidal thoughts. They may also feel guilty or responsible or like they are crazy. A victim often continues to experience psychological effects after the abuse has ended.

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