It is very unfortunate of how little attention we pay to the one abused by a narcissist. We acknowledge abuse but we fail to comprehend the trauma the victim suffers. Let us look at the life of the victim after he or she has been abused for a long period of time.
A person who has been through narcissistic abuse for a prolonged duration suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). These problems may sound psychological, but they have adverse effects of the physical health.
To forgive and forget a painful past is difficult for a victim. Often the person gets flashbacks due to which they panic or feel anxious. The memories of pain cause them to sweat, tremble or vomit. The victim, furthermore, suffers from loss of appetite and sleeping disorder.
Psychological torture damages the prefrontal cortex. So, the victim not only feels irritated, intolerant and threatened all the time but also faces difficulty to concentrate and remember things. On any occasion if the victim comes across anything related to the abuse, he or she gets triggered.
As the victim develops trust issues, he or she faces problems in relationships and intimacy. Stress causes fatigue, migraine, ache in muscles and joints due to which the victim stays isolated. It also reduces libido which prevent him or her from connecting with another person.
Anger, guilt, shame, and low self-esteem are also problems the abused person suffers from. These factors can lead the victim to become vulnerable to more abuse as he or she becomes an easy target for a narcissist. Hence, the person falls back into narcissistic trap.
If the victim is not professionally treated or counselled, then he or she may start to rely on addictions such as drugs and alcohol. It also disrupts his or her lifestyle, personal habits, and hygiene. What alarms the most in such cases is that the person may develop self-destructive behavior such as harm oneself physically or even kill oneself or attempt to do so.