Why We Need to Be Concerned About Brain Health: Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Written by Angela Atkinson

Did you know that your brain can be affected in some big ways by narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships? It’s true.

Your Body is to a Computer as Your Brain is to an Operating System

If you think of your body as a computer of sorts, your brain acts as your operating system. It helps you to navigate and make sense of the world around you. Does that make sense? This also means that keeping your brain healthy is as important to keeping your whole self healthy as keeping your operating system up-to-date and virus-free can be to your computer.  In other words, your brain health matters!

What is ‘Brain Health, Exactly?

When we use the term “brain health” we mean how well your brain is able to perform such tasks as learning, concentrating, remembering, playing, and managing your bodily functions. But how does your brain’s health play into narcissistic abuse recovery?

Your Brain is Deeply Affected by the Ongoing Stress and Trauma of Narcissistic Abuse

During times of stress and ongoing trauma, including during toxic relationships – along with aging and other particularly stressful periods in your life, your brain will work at differing capacities. A number of factors influence your brain’s health or how well it functions and performs its necessary duties. In addition, there are habits and activities you can engage in that can improve your overall brain health.

Approximately 100 billion neurons come together to form your brain. Over time, the neurons form pathways and connections. These connections occur through synapses, which allow the neurons to communicate with each other. Memories are made as the pathways between neurons are strengthened.

Memory and Brain Health in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

How often do you find yourself “forgetting” little details? If you’re struggling with memory issues during or after narcissistic abuse, there’s a chance you are dealing with C-PTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms – as this is one of them.

Your memory is one of the components that make up brain health and influences the ways in which you navigate the world. Your memory acts as the filing system of your brain, storing and organizing information learned for later retrieval. Everything you’ve ever learned is stored away in your memory. In order to keep your brain and memory functioning in tip-top shape, you need to exercise them and take good care of them regularly.

It’s true. Though the brain isn’t technically a muscle, it has to be taken care of in a manner similar to the ways you work out your muscles and care for the rest of your body.

Do you think this might be happening to you? If so, you might be interested in taking our self-assessment for C-PTSD.

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