There are unfortunately all kinds of abuse. At this moment I want to touch on emotional and verbal abuse. It may not be physical but much like any abuse it can go unnoticed. Emotional abuse ranges from manipulation, intimidation, to non-stop criticism. So all though there may not be visual, physical evidence. There are signs to look out for within your own situation, or people around you. Before we go further, I’d like to mention that it costs nothing at all and it feeds the soul to lend a helping hand. Extend a good dead or gesture to any someone, it goes a long way. You never know what someone is going through.
Some signs of emotional abuse can be; low self-esteem, depression, desperation for affection, social withdrawal, as well as avoiding certain situations. All of which can lead to long term effects to the brain and body. PTSD can also occur from the effects of stress and fear. Emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse at times and should be handled with mindful care when approaching someone who you may feel is going through this.
Like any abuse, it usually comes from a person or group of people who aren’t happy with themselves. They project their low self-esteem and insecurities onto someone else. If you are experiencing any kind of abuse, know that it is not you. It is in no way your fault!
Emotional abuse can come in the form of “friend-ship”, “relationship”, or “family”. I put all of those in quotes because the bonds that you have are up to you. You do not have to be/stay tied to a person or situation that does not reciprocate the same love, care, and energy that you give. A partner who intimidates or manipulates you, is not love. Family who can’t accept you and all of your uniqueness, is not caring. A friend who says they love and support you, but their actions does not match their words, is not love. You deserve love.
Should you to talk with someone or need or want support you can visit:
Crisistextline.org (or Text: HOME to 741741)