Emotional abuse in an intimate relationship can cause profound psychological damage that persists long after the relationship has ended.
In some cases, emotional abuse can even cause nervous breakdown. In these cases, residential mental health treatment may be necessary to find resolution and recovery.
The effects of emotional abuse can be painful and destructive, both in the short and long-term. Survivors are often plagued by low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and feelings of helplessness.
Many experience deep shame, guilt, and self-loathing, in part because these are feelings the abuser has deliberately cultivated in you and as a result of of the stigmas and misunderstanding that surround abusive relationships.
Often, shame and guilt drive you to stay silent about your experiences and may act as a barrier to leaving the relationship. Even if you have already walked away from the relationship, psychological pain can remain pervasive, shaping your understanding of yourself and the world around you.
This may be particularly true in the absence of a strong social support network, which abusers so often strip from you in order to fuel your dependence.
For some, emotional abuse eventually leads to nervous breakdown. While there is no clinical definition of this phenomenon, it typically refers to the point at which psychological distress disrupts functionality.
If you are experiencing or feel as if you will experience a nervous breakdown, it is imperative that you seek intensive mental health treatment as soon as possible.
Due to the severity of distress inherent to nervous breakdowns, surrounding yourself around people is often the best option to ensure rapid healing in a safe environment.
When feelings become overwhelming write them down in your journal, talk them through with someone. Unloading these thoughts and feelings is very freeing and can help alleviate the pain associated with them.
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