Emotional Abuse Indicators

Emotional abuse can be difficult to observe when it is perpetrated in the privacy of someone else’s home, or in a closed institution. However, personal awareness and understanding of the issue is key to recognizing it. The following is a list of possible indicators that someone you know may be experiencing emotional abuse:

  • depression
  • withdrawal
  • low self-esteem
  • severe anxiety
  • fearfulness
  • failure to thrive in infancy
  • aggression
  • emotional instability
  • sleep disturbances
  • physical complaints with no medical basis
  • inappropriate behavior for age or development
  • overly passive/compliant
  • suicide attempts or discussion
  • extreme dependence
  • underachievement
  • inability to trust
  • stealing
  • other forms of abuse present or suspected
  • feelings of shame and guilt
  • frequent crying
  • self-blame or self-deprecation
  • delay or refusal of medical treatment
  • discomfort or nervousness around career or relative
  • substance abuse
  • avoidance of eye contact

See More Child Abuse Indicators at: http://www.cengage.com/resource_uploads/downloads/1428361243_156813.pdf


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