Psychological abuse (also referred to as psychological violence, emotional abuse or mental abuse) is a form of abuse, characterized by a person subjecting, or exposing, another person to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Though emotional abuse doesn't leave physical scars, it can have a huge impact on your confidence and self-esteem.
HOW IS EMOTIONAL ABUSE DIAGNOSED?
Emotional abuse may not show any immediate effects, but in the long run affect the mental stability of the child and overall development. A psychiatrist may be able to diagnose emotional abuse based on the symptoms and after evaluating the child’s behavior.
HOW IS EMOTIONAL ABUSE TREATED?
Group therapy is a common type of treatment for survivors of emotional abuse. Family therapy or couples therapy can also help treat emotional abuse, but only when the abuser is prepared to admit that he or she has a problem and is ready to work on it. Children who are victims of emotional abuse may benefit from individual therapy that focuses on rebuilding self-esteem and autonomy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Emotional abuse is the most common in intimate relationships.