What is Psychological Abuse?

Psychological abuse signs and symptoms may start small at first as the abuser “tests the waters” to see what the other person will accept, but before long the psychological abuse builds into something that can be frightening and threatening.

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Signs and symptoms of psychological abuse include:2

  • Name calling (Read about: Emotional Bullying)
  • Yelling
  • Insulting the person
  • Threatening the person or threatening to take away something that is important to them
  • Imitating or mocking the person
  • Swearing at them
  • Ignoring
  • Isolating the person
  • Excluding them from meaningful events or activities

A child who is emotionally abused may:

  • show signs of serious anxiety, depression or withdrawal
  • show self-destructive or aggressive behaviour
  • show delays physical, emotional or mental development

 

References:

 http://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/emotional-psychological-abuse/psychological-abuse-definition-signs-and-symptoms/

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