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I Am a Victim of Emotional Abuse

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    I tiptoe on eggshells around you darling,

    I try not to remind myself of the heartache, The pain too real to pretend it never happened. Don’t you see, he destroyed who I was. Kicking me to the ground, Leaving bruises on my collarbones, And now I’m terrified of letting myself go again. Babe, don’t stand close to me...
    chronicfiend chronicfiend 22-25, F 5 days ago

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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 8 Responses Jan 24, 2014

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    My parents were divorced about a decade ago.

    The Cause: my mom and dad would have terrible fights. It was horrible. I was an only child. My mom would sometimes sleep in my room when she was upset with my dad. She didn't have much control in the house; my dad oversaw everything. My dad has a terrible temper. He would get...
    Novuko129 Novuko129 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 22

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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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    Why do I still put value on things

    that I do know are invaluable? Like my relationships with family and society in general , it only ends in disappointments. Being rejected by society is just dehumanizing af. I can't seem to break away completely from it and I don't think it will ever be possible. I am just...
    BodyOfWar BodyOfWar 22-25, F 7 Responses Jul 16

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    berangere berangere 66-70, F 2 Responses Apr 30

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    To my mom who has tortured me

    for years I'm taking my life back. I am not worthless and I have people who love me even if you don't. In three months I'm leaving you will not make my senior year hell. I am not scared of you anymore. You will not keep me from see in my friends and family. I'm sick of being...
    Bellamey1 Bellamey1 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    Gofundme.com/needoutnow Just set this up trying

    to get out of this horrible relationship. Just got released from the hospital from a failed suicide attempt! Not letting him take my life!
    cmabbott14 cmabbott14 22-25, F Aug 11

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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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    ...

    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 22-25 5 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    I've been at my mom's

    for the last week and a half while my dad's been out of state. As soon as I got back to my dad's today, I could instantly feel the sadness of this cold, empty house creep up on me. It honestly doesn't feel like a home, there's not much stuff hung up in the living room and...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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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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    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've never verbally told anyone about my

    depression or emotional abuse due to the extreme sensitivity of the topics. But within the next week that's gonna change because I have to do it with my band teacher. Just the thought of it makes me nervous and shake, but after doing it I'm sure I'll feel so much more relieved...
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    I am a college student

    and I have a puppy. My roommate wanted a dog about a month ago, and she was going to go to a puppy store. I told her that she should adopt if she wanted a puppy. I thought it would be great because my dog could have company and we could help each other. Well, I went to a...
    Lithium619 Lithium619 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 11

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    I just not to sure about expose my experience.

    .first time talking about it and also I apologize for my broken English this is not easy for my..dam I dont even started and broke on crying my boyfriend living with me since 3 years he have been on jail not once at 3 times. .I think he is taking drugs cause he comes from his...
    lyd238 lyd238 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 9

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    Nothing like waking up

    and being called lazy and useless. I don't recall those being words of affirmation :(
    TheCunylinguist TheCunylinguist 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 8, 2014

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    I was emotionally abused an damaged

    as an adult. No one knows my story and i know i need to start telling it. I dont know how or where
    damagedk1 damagedk1 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 20

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    And the wealthy promote it.

    Conquest is promoted. And king of the hill. And luxury. Not quality Not equality Unless slaves. Not health Unless paid for fake fixes Not honesty Unless its to attack the upset foe of wealth. Why no solar country. A chinese guy built a solar city. On a...
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 16

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    Emotional, mental, verbal.

    And I still miss him and love him. I can't sleep. It's been two days now since his dad called. 8 months since I saw him, touched him, smelled him. My heart still wants him. I don't know how much of this is *normal* for a victim of abuse to feel, or if I just really love him this...
    auroraunicorn auroraunicorn 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 15

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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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    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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    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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    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 62 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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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 need help leaving an abusive relationship.

    He controls all the money so I can't afford to leave. My family won't help because they are afraid of him and I can find no resources. I was told I could live in a shelter but will not do that to my kids! I need help and suggestions. I can't go on any longer
    cmabbott14 cmabbott14 22-25, F 10 Responses Aug 2

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    The trouble with emotional abuse is,

    it leaves no visible scars. You can't prove it. Iv'e managed to escape my abusers, but escaping the lingering feelings of worthlessness and guilt will be a lot harder.
    GraceJediHeart GraceJediHeart 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I believed the words you threw at me.

    They bore down deep into my soul. To my very core I believed I was unworthy of your respect. That I deserved every horrible name you uttered. Thought it was acceptable to not be allowed to see my family or friends. Even believed that not seeing them was better for our...
    Happinessismine Happinessismine 31-35, F 7 Responses Mar 31

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    My mom constantly abuses me emotionally

    and mentally. She physically abused me once, as well. I tried to kill myself once and it didn't work. I don't know what else to do.
    suicidalbieber suicidalbieber 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    I tried to kill myself with pills didn't work

    then I pulled out a gun to shoot myself! Matt his the bullets so guess it wasn't meant to be. Now at hospital and perhaps moves to psych ward
    cmabbott14 cmabbott14 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 6

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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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    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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    For five years, I was in a relationship with a

    domineering man, who controlled everything I did. I was not allowed to be myself with him. He didn't care about what I wanted or what I needed. He let me starve while he pigged out. He made me feel stupid, incompetent, ugly and dirty. He made me feel like I could not take care...
    Bluebutterflywings Bluebutterflywings 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 15, 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 5 Responses Jan 13, 2014

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    I was with my man for seven years.

    in that time his family made it abundantly clear they couldn't stand me His mom told us she "preferred " we not marry. she like when I said it wasn't her choice. At every turn she put me down. Her other son also decided to follow in her footsteps and torment me I would get...
    moonstar312 moonstar312 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    This has bothered me my entire life.

    My entire life my mom has had a tendency to ignore me. I can't remember a time where she has ever done anything for me, she only does for herself. But she does tell at me and belittle me every chance She gets. She hasn't even raised me, my grandfather did because she was too...
    UnwantedUseless UnwantedUseless 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 27

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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 21 Responses Aug 8, 2013

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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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    let's see so the other day I was called lazy

    and I don't want to do anything with my life just because it's taking me a lot of time to find a job well guess what he doesn't work either he actually quit his job I told him it wasn't a good idea but he wanted to because he was tired of the way his coworkers and his boss was...
    LuvLostSoul LuvLostSoul 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    I learned a lot of things

    while i was married to an abusive man for 10yrs.. I learned that i am not strong enough to take care of myself.. and so i stopped and let him I learned that i am not smart enough to make any decisions on my own because everything i did was wrong. .and so i stopped and let him...
    sweetpea6200 sweetpea6200 31-35, F 7 Responses Apr 21, 2014

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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 36-40, F 4 Responses Jul 15, 2013

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    I can't live this life anymore I hate

    that I feel that way but I am broken and don't know how much longer I can do this
    cmabbott14 cmabbott14 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 5

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    Physical aggression by a man toward his partner

    is abuse, even if it happens only once. If he raises a fist; punches a hole in the wall; throws things at you; blocks your way; restrains you; grabs, pushes, or pokes you; or threatens to hurt you, that’s physical abuse. He is creating fear and using your need for physical...
    Beautifulnlost22 Beautifulnlost22 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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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 want him gone I want him out of my house I

    can't stand him any more is getting worse and worse he keeps saying all these mean horrible things to me I can't take it any more he thinks he is perfect and does not do anything wrong when he does all the time I'm done can't do it no more he blames me for everything all the...
    LuvLostSoul LuvLostSoul 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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