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I Am a Victim of Emotional Abuse

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    if someone is treating you badly

    who has a mental illness (bipolar w schizophrenia symptoms,ptsd .he takes meds 4 it) , should you just to some degree let it go because it can be attributed to the illness , or can it possibly be willful of them to do that? my bf is always calling me mean names ,belittes me...
    foxyoxy123 foxyoxy123 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 19

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    I feel like it was my fault,

    like I needed to be there for her more
    desculpa desculpa 22-25, F Feb 21

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    I have to spend 3 whole days with my dad

    while on vacation. I had to sit in a car with him for about 8 hours so far, and it felt like torture!! I don't know how I'm going to survive this week. I already feel like crying. :/
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    I am a man, and my wife is.

    .. it's hard to say it and feel like I'm really telling the truth, but she's my abuser. She treats my questions as though they have obvious answers. She treats me like I'm just a participant in our life, not a partner. She treats me like my opinion on something, or my desire...
    Felixthestoat Felixthestoat 22-25, T 11 Responses Apr 18, 2014

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    I need advice from any former victims of high

    school bullying. I've been out of high school for about seven years now (class of '08), but I can't seem to stop dwelling on how I was treated back then. I have some pretty bad self esteem issues nowadays, and they all seem to lead back to the verbal and emotional abuse I...
    PassionEarth9 PassionEarth9 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    "Of course it hurts coming from me,

    since I'm your friend." he said as I was breaking down infront of him. I have NEVER had a REAL friend hurt me so badly.
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 21

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    How do I know if my Dad is truly emotionally

    abusing me? I just feel so confused....I've hated him since I was at least 9 or 10. Truly hated him, with a cold fury. The trouble is I've suppressed alot so everything gets jumbled up in my head when I try to remember the way he used to behave (my mum has finally managed to...
    HappyKitty18 HappyKitty18 18-21, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Vindicated!! It was a small win,

    but at couples therapy tonight the therapist told my wife that no matter what I offer her in gestures or attempts, she only gets angry or ridicules me. My wife got very upset and almost walked out accusing the therapist of being unsafe and biased. The therapist was able to talk...
    deepbreathneeded deepbreathneeded 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 22, 2014

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    To be scolded at first thing in the morning

    and lastly before bed... To be put on the back burner to tv, friends, and alcohol... To never get even a 99 cent or handmade card on anniversaries, birthdays, or holidays... To be called lazy, selfish, dumb, ignorant, and annoying... To be told to shut up daily and even during...
    snm1991 snm1991 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 11

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    All she did was make me feel terrible,

    she tells me I didn't do enough and I didn't care enough, that I wasn't good enough. But all I want is her, I'm so desperate, and so alone without her. I would do anything even to be back in her twisted, abusive, manipulative embrace.
    Phantom7835 Phantom7835 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Emotional abuse is just

    as bad I think because it causes undue stress. Stress can kill you. It will cause you to make poor decisions. I am victimized at times even at the age of 30 by the older generations. older folks that act like kids teasing and laughing like idiots. It is Hard to deal with. I was...
    jamielove7777 jamielove7777 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    With my being in love with a loser has caused a

    lot of agony. Being cheated on over and over. Being told that he didn't like what I had on and that I was crazy. Yea i was damn crazy for loving such a jackass. I WAS a victim of emotional abuse. I finally got the strength to leave. It was for the best.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    I need some help.... I've been with my partner

    3 years and ever since our son was born 9 months ago I've been treated like dirt. I can understand pregnancy hormones but everything Is do is wrong. I'm called vile and disgusting and told I make the women In fell in love withs skin crawl. I work really hard to provide for my...
    bighugstoall bighugstoall 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 20

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    Thedepressedgirlatthewindow Thedepressedgirlatthewindow 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 21

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    Yesterday the brother of the man i am in love

    with said i 'abuse' people verbally, including him and his brother. it has upset me bcs i have been verbally abused in my lifetime a lot and in fact think he said bcs he is verbally abusive. but i still am questioning if he is correct. you know - verbal abusers like to get you...
    hayleyusa hayleyusa 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 27

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    ...

    and it makes it really hard to have normal relationships once you're damaged goods... because now everything makes us feel vulnerable and easily hurt. And so, even if it's emotional intimacy that we want most, we can't even begin to enjoy it because we're so hurt, so scarred, so...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 70+, F 5 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    I just walked out of an abusive relationship

    funny he forced me to leave the last thing he said was either you blame all of the abuse on yourself or gtfo i finally came to terms that he never loved me... I feel ok (safe)
    rossp24 rossp24 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 11, 2014

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    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    As a male victim of an emotionally & verbally

    abusive marriage, I had a hard time finding people who would listen and help, especially in the Christian church world. As the target of abuse, the main questions I needed to discuss and/or have answered were, "Why did you (my wife) treat me in the cruel ways that you did...
    bwDVOWRD bwDVOWRD 26-30, M 4 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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    What Is Emotional Abuse.

    What is Emotional Abuse? I've asked myself this question a million times. I never knew the answers and for a long time I was too afraid to find them, I was afraid of what I'd discover. About myself, about my spouse, about our life. Then for some reason in the last couple of weeks...
    UndeniablyConfused UndeniablyConfused 26-30, F 66 Responses Dec 1, 2008

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    Growing up, I was so unaware of this condition

    and didn't even realize my wife would do the same thing until we got divorced. My mom was always manipulative and handled every issue with anger and violence. When I got married, my wife was the kind who would use emotional blackmail to get her way. She still does it, but with...
    karlmartink karlmartink 36-40, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    ~THE ART OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE~ THE CANVAS How do

    you become the victim of emotional abuse? Why don’t you just get out? I’ve been asked “What did he do to you?” BRUSH STROKES There are no concrete answers to that question. No physical wounds to prove the damage. It’s so subtle & pervasive, as not to be described by a...
    Breeziiee Breeziiee 41-45, F 5 Responses Feb 20, 2014

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    I never considered emotional abuse

    as an option until a couselor
    Reinventmyself Reinventmyself 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I was physically, verbally

    and emotionally abused as a child...Im bipolar and have to deal with anixiety and depression issues..As an adult I was almost free from all of the abuse because I lived with my grandmother and then she died of cancer and that brought on heavy depression/anxiety/panic attacks...I...
    serenityshadow serenityshadow 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 12

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    Mongolians have calumniated me grossly possibly

    attempted material damage of me, and possibly Mongolian soldiers have sexually abused me when I advertised to Soyombo newspaper to seek marriage, throughout there has been gross exploitation of my Love and this has gone on for 21 years, is there some way this people can be...
    inezaltar inezaltar 36-40 1 Response Mar 9

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    Well, technically I was.

    But it leaves scars. Scars so deep and infected, time refuses to heal them. Scars so bad reopening them takes but a word, or a sentence and they take days to close up again. They leave you so affrais f bleeding out that you burn bridges and cut yourself off from people who can't...
    bluecupcakes bluecupcakes 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    My first wife left me

    and my two year old. I was devastated to say the least. I met my current wife when he was four. She has helped me raise him and we have a 17 year old son together. I made a promise to stand by her no matter what. She can be a very angry person and wants everything her way. My...
    jaymic64 jaymic64 51-55, M 6 Responses Mar 26

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    In the beginning my now husband was very sweet

    always opening the door for me and always putting me before everything else. There was a time i actually felt like he loved me. After he came home from Iraq he was a different man. He always proceeded to make me cry, to put me down, and to threaten to beat me so hard that i...
    Sexygirl8807 Sexygirl8807 26-30 30 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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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 from my hometown. I left because I was so incredibly scared of you, scared you would come back and hurt me, and say things...
    sarahtorrella sarahtorrella 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 15, 2014

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    How does she find a way to hurt me

    even when we aren't talking.
    desculpa desculpa 22-25, F Mar 16

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    Just Because Its Not Visible Does Not Mean Its Not There

    I know there are many examples of emotional/mental abuse on here, and each one is important. I also know that this form of abuse can come from both men and women. I happened to be on the receiving end of emotional abuse from my wife. She is now my ex..   As a little back story...
    Army0917 Army0917 31-35, M 9 Responses Mar 19, 2011

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    Coming Up For Air

    I loved the attention.After being ignored for so many years I loved that someone thought that I was worth listening to, that what I had to say mattered.I loved that I felt attractive again, that I felt desired.I loved that I felt loved.He never hit me. He rarely said an unkind...
    Quintesse Quintesse 51-55, F 66 Responses Aug 19, 2011

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    I believe because of my nature

    and my father was very angry a lot and verbally abusive to me when I was a kid, that I have always been vulnerable to more abuse and manipulation. From bullies at school and especially from men.
    aileen2 aileen2 26-30, F a week 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 child, and depressed for more than 3 years. None of the ugly came out in him until after I was committed and emotional invested in him. We were...
    myselffirst myselffirst 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    I just heard the front door open

    and it terrifies me...Im in my room, but Im filled with overwhelming fear and anxiety...I know that they wont physically abuse me, but I was badly physically abused in my childhood by my family and last night brought up all of my fear again...They get drunk every night and Im...
    serenityshadow serenityshadow 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 12

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    The Art Of Emotional Abuse

    ~THE ART OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE~ THE CANVAS How do you become the victim of emotional abuse? Why don’t you just get out? I’ve been asked “What did he do to you?” BRUSH STROKES There are no concrete answers to that question. No physical wounds to prove the damage. It’s so...
    Breeziiee Breeziiee 41-45, F 20 Responses Aug 8, 2013

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    Someone said that happiness is a choice.

    You cannot change your past but the future is in your hands. Your reaction is Your responsibility.
    jamielove7777 jamielove7777 26-30, F Mar 31

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    I'm a first time mom,

    and stupidly I believed my SO when he said he would change.... thought it would get better when we had our beautiful baby boy.... but it's only gotten worse.... are there any other moms out there struggling with a lazy, selfish baby daddy who does nothing but complain about...
    FTMandLost FTMandLost 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    If I could tell any female going through

    emotional abuse I would say learn to love yourself. Accept your own flaws and embrace them. Do not accept or get used to any male putting your self esteem more like your soul down with wordss. Words leave scars! If it doesnt feel right or hurts to much leave. Listen to your...
    love9494 love9494 18-21 Apr 4

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    Not True

    ***** do this and ***** do that that's what I got woke up to everyday. Your nothing but a worthless **** no one will ever want you. Your retarted! You can't do anything right. Your nasty your ugly. This is what emotional abuse is. After hearing it so long you think its true. I'm...
    holehearted79 holehearted79 31-35, F 5 Responses Jul 15, 2013

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    Tale of Two Husbands: Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde

    I can't believe it happened to me. I thought I was too smart, too wise. I'd had therapy. Hell, my husband had worked as a mental health therapist for 10 years, and we both have PhDs. Here's my realization:  That I'd been excusing his "moods" and assuming he'd...
    FormerDoorMat FormerDoorMat 51-55, F 61 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    I was once alone... I was isolated from the

    outside world, my family, my friends. He wanted that to be. I did not want them to see. I was filled with shame, shame on me. I was beaten down, told I was nothing. I was stupid. I did not want them to see. I did not want them to see me, how stupid I could be... I was...
    Mm8335 Mm8335 36-40, F 4 Responses Aug 25, 2014

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    I recently got out of a verbal

    and emotionally abusive relationship but rather than share the actual story...for I am not up to recounting it...I thought I'd share the signs that I gathered and used to diagnose the problem. I had figured under 15 of these could be just normal relationship stress...but...
    theodore2324 theodore2324 26-30, M 7 Responses Jan 24, 2014

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    Drained By A Vampire

    No, not the fictional variety, but the emotional variety. More and more was asked of me, I gave and gave. I gave not only time but trust. And I lost so much of myself in the process. First it all seemed so caring, so I gave freely of myself, my trust. But then it began.  The...
    DinahMoeHumm DinahMoeHumm 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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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 and it made me feel so hurt and upset that I went off on him in front of everyone. I feel stupid but he drove me to it. And then when I...
    snw1980 snw1980 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 18, 2014

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    Growing up, my mother would have these "moods"

    where she would get angry at some small mistake or mishap and scream and yell at anyone within her sight. She would always blame me or my father for whatever was wrong. I grew up hearing how I was a "bad child", how I couldn't do anything right, how I was never gonna amount to...
    bookworm2014 bookworm2014 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 13, 2014

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