MIND GAMES

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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

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