One woman opens up about being emotionally abused
This can be one of the most difficult forms of abuse to identify, yet it can be the most damaging. It may be that you’re in a relationship with someone who constantly puts you down, undermines, criticises or ignores you; they might fly into rages, swear at you or call you names; perhaps they control who you see, where you go and even how you spend your money. Over time, this can deeply affect your self-worth and may lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression. Even after an abusive relationship has come to an end, the negative impact may persist. In severe cases, some people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder and may require counselling or other psychological work to come to terms with the trauma they endured.
Dr Sarah Vohra, NHS psychiatrist and author @themindmedic