It is difficult to admit that one is being abused by another, particularly if the abuse is psychological. The first step to stop such a relationship is to become aware and admit to the abuse. Do not ignore, condone, or pretend it doesn’t exist. Don’t be ashamed. Such abuse is not limited to race, sex, religion, rich, poor, or whatever. It can happen to anyone. Once acknowledged, help is available.
Knowing the signs of a psychologically abusive relationship is important. It may start out as verbal abuse, including threats of physical harm to you, your friends, or family, but the most revealing sign is being afraid of one’s partner. Other clues include not wanting you to have friends or even visit family as well as threatening to destroy your private possessions, including pets.
Consequences of psychological abuse can include low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, believing it is your fault, that you deserve the way you are treated, and more. For additional information go to
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