What is emotional abuse and how to get over it

Every single day there are several cases published in the newspapers, magazines, and other social media platforms about emotional abuse, it’s a serious problem that needed couldn’t be denied at any cost, especially in the day today lifestyle.

Emotional abuse or mental abuse is a way to control another person by using emotions to criticize, embarrass, shame, blame, or otherwise manipulate another person.

There are psychologically three types of emotional abuse.

Verbal abuse: It includes yelling, insulting (verbal abuse does affect certain areas of the brain. These areas are associated with changes in verbal IQ and symptoms of depression, dissociation, and anxiety.)

Rejection:  Rejecting  thoughts,  ideas  and opinions of other person

Gaslighting: It means that unfaithfulness on other’s sanity and personality.

For emotional abuse, prevalence rates might average around 80%, with 40% of women and 32% of men reporting expressive aggression (i.e., verbal abuse or emotional violence in response to some agitating or aggravating circumstance) and 41% of women and 43% of men reporting some form of coercive control.

There are numerous symptoms of emotional abuse like ;

1. They use harsh words during conversations
2. They constantly yell / scream
3. They try to embarrassed others
4. They’re sarcastic
5. They don’t show respect to others in the public
6. They underestimate and insult others in the public
7. They try to take control over other’s lifestyle
8. They don’t value other’s opinions
9. Criticism / bullying

While going through this, some people may be unaware that they’re being abused or some may not dare to involve anyone in their problems by the fear of further police reports, etc. It’s significant to ask for help in these situations which could be considered as traumatic and could result in the harmful ways. People shouldn’t get afraid as until it came across others , conditions might be more worse.
And Many times this is the reason why It takes time to heal even after recovery process.

It’s okay for you to feel whatever you are feeling. Try and be aware of the impact your reaction may have on the person who is opening up to you. Share your concerns and keep in mind this person is coming to you for support, not the other way around. 

Overcoming emotional abuse as a child

Emotional and psychological abuse in children is defined as behaviors, speech, and actions of parents, caregivers, or other significant figures in a child’s life that have a negative mental impact on the child.

Signs of emotional abuse in a child may include:

Being fearful of a parent

Hating their parents

Talking badly about themselves.
(ex. Negative compliments)

Seeming emotionally immature when compared to peers

A sudden change in daily routine ( grades, etc)

Many family services departments allow callers to report suspected abuse anonymously.

You can also call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453) for information on free help in your area.

A recent study at Purdue University reported that adults who were victims of emotional or physical abuse as children have a higher risk for developing cancer.

They also experience higher rates of alcohol and drug Abuse Trusted Source according to healthline.com

How to get healed

Writing : Well yes writing could get your inner self healed early. This is the good way to light down your heart in case if there’s no ear to listen your heart.

Moreover, writing could be the best and effective way to share about your abuse to other people or seek support from people around you through various forms of writing.

Having a Nourishing meal : A good meal enhances the energy you need to keep active throughout the day. nutrients you need for growth and repair, helping you to stay strong and healthy and help to prevent diet-related illness, such as some cancers.

Learn more at my previous blogpost for further information.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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