Emotional Abuse

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Emotional abuse may not be as noticeable as physical abuse, but it can be just as damaging to your overall physical and emotional well-being including your self-esteem and confidence.. While there is no formal definition, emotional abuse is generally understood to comprise any non-physical actions and behaviors designed to intentionally hurt or control another personresulting in emotional distress. These abusine relationship behaviors include insults, threats, stalking, humiliation, intimidation, isolation, and constant monitoring.

Specific behaviors that are considered emotional abuse include:

  • Calling you names
  • Intentional public embarrassment
  • Screaming and yelling
  • Keeping you away from friends and family
  • Damaging your property

  • Controlling what you wear and do
  • Threatening suicide to keep you from breaking the relationship
  • Using online communities and social media to control or humiliate you
  • Initiating rumors about you

Effects of Emotional Abuse

One of the worst effects of emotional abuse is that people who are victims often end up blaming themselves and believing they are in the wrong. The emotionally abused person minimize the abuse, saying that at least it wasn’t physical violence, but emotionally abusive relationships can be just as bad. Physical abuse isn’t necessary for a relationship to feel unhealthy or toxic. Verbal and emotionally abusive people cause emotional distress and can easily lead to physical abuse if the abusive relationship continues.

In the short-term, emotional abuse can cause:

  • Questioning one’s own memory (the beginnings of manipulation)
  • Guilt and shame
  • Anxiety

  • Becoming submissive
  • Learned helplessness
  • Feeling undesirable

Long-term emotional abuse can have some truly damaging effects on your mental health, personality, and behaviors. Over a period experiencing psychological trauma, the victim will develop such low self-esteem and confidence that they won’t feel worthy of a supportive, non-abusive relationship and will stay with their abuser. The victim will eventually believe what they are told by their abusers. Other long-term effects of being emotionally abused include:

  • Feelings of Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Emotional instability
  • Sleep problems

  • Sudden physical pain without any cause
  • Trust issues
  • Feelings like being trapped and isolated
  • The victim may also develop Stockholm Syndrome wherein the victim identifies and bonds with the abuser to stop the abuse.

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Treatment & Therapy for Emotional Abuse

Victims may be able to convince their abusers to seek treatment through couple or individual therapy. This can be harmful as the abuser can easily lie or paint themselves as the victim.

For the victim, the recovery process starts with escaping the negative abusive relationship. Talk to a parent, adult, or friend you trust. Develop a safety plan to keep your abuser away. This may involve getting a restraining order.

Therapy can be highly successful for the recovery process of a victim as long as the victim is able to stay open and honest about their experience. Many may find it difficult to admit the abuse or hide it entirely based on the shame and guilt they developed in the toxic relationship. Therapy can help you reestablish your self-esteem and confidence. It can help you identify healthy relationships and modify your thoughts and behaviors to cope with depression and other symptoms that have developed from emotional abuse.

HARP is here to help you recover from emotional abuse. Our programs helps you build your self-esteem and confidence back up to overcome your traumatic event of experiencing emotional distress from being in an emotionally abusive relationship. After removing yourself from that situation you will most likely experience post-traumatic stress from the psychological trauma you endured. We are here to help you through the recovery process by looking after your emotional and physical well-being. If you have questions or are ready to get help today, contact us at (877) 806-5022.

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