Emotional abuse is not as easy to spot as physical abuse, but often its effects can be just as traumatic. Emotional abuse can involve many tactics, including gaslighting, shaming, and manipulation, leaving the person at the receiving end feeling confused, powerless, and hopeless.
The following are some short-term and long-term effects of emotional abuse:
- Isolation or a sense of deep loneliness
- Low self-esteem
- Anxiety connected with social interactions
- Feelings of powerlessness
- Neuroticism, or the tendency toward a depressed mood or negative emotions like anger
- Chronic stress
- Physical health issues like muscle tension, digestive problems, and shortness of breath
- Apathy or feelings of numbness
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or CPTSD (chronic post-traumatic stress disorder)
You Can Heal from Emotional Abuse
With time, patience, and plenty of self-compassion, it is possible to heal from the trauma of emotional abuse. If you’d like to explore more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I am seeing my clients face to face from my office in Hove and globally online.