Are you a survivor of narcissistic abuse who is experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or panic attacks as you navigate narcissistic abuse recovery? Do you ever feel like there is no way out?
The Aftermath of Narcissistic Abuse
It’s no secret that the aftermath of narcissistic abuse can be pretty severe for people who have left abusers. The last thing those abusing us want us to do is to feel better, so it goes without saying that support can be tough to come by. I am writing this post today to give you a list of links, websites, and hotlines available to depressed survivors and people suffering from anxiety as a result of narcissistic abuse. Whether you or a loved one is going through depression or anxiety, please know it’s okay and you are not alone.
Do all narcissistic abuse survivors suffer from depression?
Certainly, there’s the exception to every rule, but nearly every survivor of narcissistic abuse goes through at least a brief period of depression. Most admit that it can be a recurring issue. With every blow the narcissist delivers during and after your toxic relationship, you might find yourself feeling just a little lower. My clients have told me they experience the most depression when their narcissistic abuser broke up with them, refused to speak to them, or even just ignored their phone calls.
It doesn’t matter whether you are male or female, depressive episodes are common among survivors who have been victims of emotional abuse. A lack of communication and support can lead to a downward spiral mode in which many victims start battling feelings of grief, self-loathing, or inadequacies.
Resources for Treatment of Depression in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
There are numerous ways to get treatment for depression, and many resources to help you get through it. Take advantage of what you have available because support from friends, family, and therapists can make a huge difference. Remember that asking for help is a sign of strength and courage.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. Also, visit the online treatment locators.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255
- National Institute of Mental Health – 1-866-615-6464. The NIMH is the largest research organization in the world committed to understanding the treatment and prevention of mental disorders. It funds research “to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.”
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – 1-800-950-NAMI (1-800-950-6264). NAMI is the largest grassroots organization devoted to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. Through various programs, it aims to change public perception about mental illness, help its members manage mental illness and build up family relationships.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – 1-800-826-3632.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Mental Health1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). The mental health arm of the CDC is a good source of public health information on mental health.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America – 1-240-485-1001. The ADAA works to improve the quality of life of those affected by anxiety and depression-related disorders. Programs provide education, resources, and support for people to find treatment.
- American Psychological Association – 1-800-374-2721. The APA is a professional organization of psychologists. Its site explains how psychologists work with you to alleviate symptoms and offers information on how to manage health and well-being while coping with depression and anxiety.
- American Psychiatric Association– 1-703-907-7300. The APA is a medical society whose members work to ensure that persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders, receive humane care and effective treatment. Educational material is available on their site, as well as help finding a psychiatrist.
Struggling to Pay for Treatment?
These organizations may be able to help you by paying for your meds and doctor visits, finding you the help you need and/or providing free mental health services.
- CareForYourMind Get advice on what to do if you can’t afford therapy. Plus: information on care coordination, access to treatment, veterans, workplace issues, Medicare, and more.
- NeedyMeds 1-800-503-6897. This national nonprofit provides information on healthcare programs, offers direct assistance, and facilitates programs. Will help you to locate assistance programs so you can afford your medications and other healthcare costs.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance This organization will help you find therapy and prescription help free of charge.
- Social Security Administration Determine whether or not you currently qualify for benefits and learn what medication and therapy services are covered by Medicare.
- Together Rx Access 1-800-444-4106. If you don’t have prescription drug coverage, this program will give you access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products at your local pharmacy.
Are you struggling with narcissistic abuse in a toxic relationship?
One common goal of the QueenBeeing Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Team is to help you know that you’re not alone. It can be hard to find support, but there are a lot of resources out there for people who have been through what you have. Many resources are available to help you get through the trauma and recover from the experience.
Get the Support You Need in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
Recovery can take time, and it’s important to give yourself permission to accept help and focus on your own needs as you begin your journey toward healing. It’s also important to remember to speak to your doctor, who will know that depression can be treated and managed with therapy and medication so that it doesn’t control your life. If you’re struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety-like feeling hopeless about the future or feeling empty inside, it’s important to reach out for help today.
Online help is readily available for survivors of narcissistic abuse. Here are some options to begin healing from narcissistic abuse right away.
- Think you might be a victim of narcissistic abuse? Take this test and find out.
- Worried you’re depressed? Take our self-assessment for depression.
- Sign up for our free email newsletter service that includes a free guided recovery experience via your inbox.
- Start your narcissistic abuse recovery here with our free narcissistic abuse recovery support system and program.
- Think you might have C-PTSD, but you’re not sure? Then, take our free C-PTSD Self-Assessment.
- Join one of our free online narcissistic abuse recovery support groups!
- Join one of our private small coaching groups!
- Get private, one-on-one narcissistic abuse recovery coaching or counseling.
- Get a therapist who will work with you online. Check out our guide to finding a therapist or psychologist who understands narcissism and narcissistic abuse.
- Learn more about the narcissist’s cycle of abuse.