By Dr. Nisha Khanna, Psychology
Emotional Abuse or Psychological Abuse is one of the most common forms of abuse people face in their day to day life. A person going through this kind of abuse usually has very low self-esteem and avoids socializing. The most important part of helping someone who’s going through emotional abuse is to look out for the signs that someone is under mental duress.
5 Signs of Emotional Abuse
- Isolation: If a person isolates and refrains from any social contact, it might be a sign that the person is facing emotional abuse.
- Emotional outburst: People under a lot of emotional bullying find anger as a medium to express their thoughts.
- Self-infliction: People under emotional abuse can physically inflict pain upon themselves.
- Low performance: People going through a lot of emotional abuse and stress will find it difficult to work and function properly. A significant downfall in their grades or performance can be noticed.
- Disturbed sleep: A person under emotional abuse will constantly over think, which eventually leads to sleepless nights and tiredness. See if a person is staying up late almost every night. It is important that we can sort someone going through abuse, but it is also important to know that we don’t contribute to the problem.
Here are some actions, that count as Emotional Abuse:
- Humiliation: Humiliating someone in front of a lot of people by giving them ugly remarks on their life, performance and looks can be counted as emotional abuse.
- Ignoring: Ignoring someone can drive people through mental stress, as they can never stop worrying about what wrong they did. Always give closure to people.
- Other actions: Name calling, lying and manipulating a person is also a form of Emotional Abuse.
Treatment of Emotional Abuse
- Talking: The best thing to do is talking out the issue a person is facing. Talk to them about their problems and let them do the talking once they start opening up.
- Exercise: For a person facing emotional abuse, it is always a good idea to blow off some steam. Jogging is suggested to clear the mind. While confronting someone, it is better to do it when anger and stress aren’t in the way.
- Professional help: When nothing helps, it is recommended that the person sees a therapist. A therapist will walk the person through some Psychological Exercises and Talking Therapy, that will help the person to open up and talk about their problems.
Emotional abuse is a problem, but it can be tackled with reason and a little bit of care. If things are getting out of hand, it is always a good idea to see a Psychiatrist.