Discover what emotional abuse actually is, how widespread it is, who's doing it, and what mental health issues it can cause you when you're on the receiving end of it, in this infographic on emotional abuse.
How emotional abuse is wrecking your mental health
is wrecking your
Emotional abuse happens when a person uses words or
actions to control, frighten or isolate someone or take
away their self-respect. Emotional abuse is sometimes
called psychological abuse.
It's estimated that around 36% of people
suffered from severe emotional abuse in
their childhoods* - but many of them
don't even realize it!
ISWHAT EMOTIONAL ABUSE?
WHAT THEY DO: HOW YOU FEEL:
tell you that 'you're the
only one who has this
Always have the last word
Judge you harshly
Tell you that what you think or
feel doesn't matter
WHO'S DOING IT?
Every time someone treats you in
a way that makes you feel
threatened, ignored, invalidated,
worthless, invisible, demeaned or
stupid, they are emotionally
HOW CAN YOU STOP IT?
Stop making excuses for it.
Learn how to strengthen your own mental and
Put proper boundaries in place to
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HOW CAN YOU STOP IT?
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