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I Am A Survivor Of Emotional Abuse

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 46 People

    Survivor Now Not A Victim

    This is a choice I wish to identify myself with now. I have not had the strength to see myself for what I had been through.  I was a victim for years and wasn't even aware of it.  The emotional toll it took for me to actually identify what I had been living through was...
    flodials flodials 41-45, F 4 Responses May 15, 2013

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    I was with "him" for almost 30 years.

    In the beginning I did notice that he was somewhat controlling. Also he could be manipulative. However in those times these actions were subtle. That is how the cycle of verbal abuse, control, manipulation and emotional abuse begins. During the latter years of our marriage...
    Freedom425 Freedom425 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Survivor ? You Decide

    Like most of us who start on of these stories, I can tell you how the abuse started  I can tell you what the facial expression on his face when he did what he did or said what he said . I can tell you how distant and cold he was when He showed no emotion while I was there...
    missyg4643 missyg4643 31-35 1 Response Jun 22, 2010

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    My Struggle Overcoming Emotional Abuse

    I've been free almost six years now. Still battling the after effects of being so very controlled and being verbally and emotionally abused. Sometimes it felt like torture to me - for instance, I would simply request something (like please clean up the basement) and be met with...
    stark7 stark7 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I'm only 14. I've had depression, technically, since I was about 8 or 9 (when I realized just how big of an a**hole my dad was), but it's only been a problem for about a year or so...
    LaurenHarris LaurenHarris 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    Im now 9 years using the internet. I was trying to put my feelings on EP, other forums online, but i met rarelly any victims of abuse.Either they have shame to come out and talk...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    I don't know if this counts as emotional abuse, I'm a 21 year old male. So if that matters in whether I am or I'm not I guess I have gender issues too. The Mother who raised me has...
    Nataliewoofwoof Nataliewoofwoof 18-21 1 Response 3 days ago

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    It should be a crime....physical abuse is a crime, why not this ? the scars and damage it leaves and not for a while, but for a life time. It changes lives forever, and some...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    My name is Angel. I'm 13 now. I have experienced emotional abused since i was 4 or 5 i don't know. Its started with my friends at school. we are so happy together. then a new girl...
    CharlieA6654 CharlieA6654 13-15 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I cheated on my husband, then i left him. He was mean, and I'm tired of repeating the details, but by mean I intend to say that he fits into many of the descriptors of an...
    Regrets472 Regrets472 26-30, F 9 hrs ago

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    I cheated on my husband, then i left him. He was mean, and I'm tired of repeating the details, but by mean I intend to say that he fits into many of the descriptors of an...
    Regrets472 Regrets472 26-30, F 9 hrs ago

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    This will be my most personal story. It's not just about me, but I figured I should put everything in one place. This will be long, so anyone who actually wants to take the time to...
    lonachan lonachan 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    We'll my situation isn't really that bad I don't think. This has been going on for about 3 years and married for the last one of those years. I recently have been reading a lot and...
    vana240 vana240 26-30, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Part 2: Well it's now been 6 years. I am the crazy one and he is mr perfect to his friends and family! A few times we went out with friends and he was mr chatty to everyone but me...
    snw1980 snw1980 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I was in an abusive relationship. She was my best friend, and I thought it was normal when she poked fun at me. We got closer and it got worse. For the past year when we hung out...
    jentile jentile 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    About 3 years ago I was drugged, raped and sexually abused..I was in a bar and 3 guys came and put a knife to my back...that is all I am gonna say cause..ya it's still very vivid...
    CosplayGirl321 CosplayGirl321 22-25, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Has anyone had experience being abused by their teenager daughter.
    Robyn64 Robyn64 46-50, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I feel like I need to share the truth about my relationship somewhere. I have been in a relationship with a guy who has made me feel isolated, like a disgusting animal, a stupid...
    myselffirst myselffirst 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 26

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    I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for nearly a year back in 2012. It was my first real relationship, and he was the first guy I fell in love with (ironically). Needless...
    bluebubblebug bluebubblebug 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    I am not one to write on forums, blogs or message boards but after 9 months of trying everything else--- drugs, alcohol, dating, a shrink-- here I am. I want to tell my story and...
    arw2014 arw2014 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    I'm having to see a psychologist now. Since I was a kid I put up emotional barriers and taught myself that feelings were weakness since my parents always rejected mine. Feelings...
    kxCobra kxCobra 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 9

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    Dear ******* Who Hurt Me for Four Years, I am no longer your emotional slave. You hurts me so bad that I was diagnosed with PTSD. You drove me out of the state, 1000 miles away...
    sarahtorrella sarahtorrella 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I say this out loud several times in my stories. I didnt choose my mother and father being like this to me. They put all the hate towards me. My mother had moral that a daughter...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 1 Response 55 mins ago

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    Im losing it...... AaaAaaAaaaaaah help?
    amtired amtired 22-25 1 Response Jun 22

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    I can't get over it. He said he never loved me and it was all a lie.2 years I spent devoting my time energy and effort. He told me he doesn't want me. He wants to have fun be...
    somegirl117 somegirl117 18-21 5 Responses Jun 22

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    Today's crime was wearing a bathing suit by my private home pool. Some friends stopped by unannounced. I didn't change out of the suit. We sat by the pool and I stayed in the...
    kbdeau kbdeau 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 22

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    They talked about me bullied me my mom, auntie & sister I never fit in... anywhere my Auntie told me I couldn't do track.. in my mom seems the domy get it just cause you have a...
    michaelaelise12 michaelaelise12 13-15, F Jun 23

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    I was so broken down. So broken. Now I don't know what to do.he shattered a big chunk of my life. I'm so lonely.
    amtired amtired 22-25 2 Responses Jun 23

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    I am going to try to trust them, one last time. My mom cried on the phone a couple of weeks ago and said "I'm sorry we're such untrustworthy parents and we never do anything...
    vlrjspn vlrjspn 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    Every day unfortunately. He degrades me, berates me, humiliates me... Threatens and intimidates me... Makes me feel about an inch tall. Worthless, useless, hopeless...
    Drechavo Drechavo 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    I COULDN'T LEAVE MY MUM: It was in summer 1981, I was 12. I was at home with my three older sisters.. At about 7pm my mum came through the front door.. I still can see her in my...
    Sorrentina Sorrentina 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    For my entire life I have only wanted my dad to love me. He says he does with phrases like "kiddo I love you so much" and "you are my saving grace.". But if I was his saving grace...
    eviecain eviecain 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I think words are louder then actions
    dominick5 dominick5 13-15, M 4 days ago

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    And i am sohhhh. Tiiiiyurd. He called. And sounded like he wanted to apologize. But life went on. And he stayed corrosive. Stupid drunk.
    converted converted 46-50, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Part 1: I have been married 6 1/2 yrs together for 8. He is so subtle that I am just now realizing what it truly going on. I thought I married the perfect guy until not long...
    snw1980 snw1980 31-35, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    My name is Sam, as a child, my father didn't care much about me and he still doesn't. My father had me when he was a senior and my mother was a junior. After my mother gave birth...
    96Samuel96 96Samuel96 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Found a picture of my dog today. He died last year. I grew up with him ever since I was 2. He reminds me of every single happy memory I had. Now I can't stop crying. Lovely.
    AnthonyTonyWhat AnthonyTonyWhat 16-17, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    At the age of 4 my mother abandon my sibblings and I , my father did the best he could . He worked and he was an alcoholic . At the age of 4 I was sexually assaulted by to...
    sara75 sara75 56-60, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    ask me questions. i'm trying to recover as we speak, I've been working on it for about 4 months now. I am not afraid of people's judgement because I'm not going to defend my past...
    DrkHrse DrkHrse 22-25 1 Response Jul 1

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    My whole family is dysfunctional, My mums side you had... My mum bless her was an alcoholic, My brother was a druggie and alcoholic, Three of my mums brothers were druggies and...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    I don't know whats worse; the physical or emotional abuse.. Physical signs of abuse go away, well most of mine did; a couple scars and such here and there but nothing a little...
    softballgirl3 softballgirl3 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    I was emotionally abused by my mother all of my life. The abuse started as i was 9 and continued till last year. As i lived with my parents in my mother country i was hurt every...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    My mother was never physically abusive, but she certainly emotionally abused and neglected us. If I would write down everything that she did, then I would have one unbelievable...
    LostMittens LostMittens 31-35, F a week ago

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    Well both of my parents thought they were giving me constructive criticism when they were really just breaking my self-esteem... I was told I was fat, overweight, lazy, stupid...
    Babyneedsherdaddy Babyneedsherdaddy 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    I'm divorcing my husband of 8 years and ending a 12-years relationship. I met him back in university he's from Europe and I'm from Asia. This is going to be long... After uni I...
    lastfeather lastfeather 31-35, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Once u was abused, i tell u honestly- u will never get over it. Never. You can do a therapy , it will help you to bring all the repressed hurt out but it wouldnt make the abuse...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 41 mins ago

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    Before I start my story I want it to be known I am a strong and capable woman, mother and everything else I am supposed to be. It took me a long time to be able to say that. From...
    cmdaniels74 cmdaniels74 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 29

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