If your partner controls you by manipulating your emotions, this is considered emotional abuse. They may have learned this behavior from their own family or a past relationship. If you find yourself in an emotionally abusive relationship, counseling services from Atlanta Center for Mental Health in Georgia can be helpful for both parties. If you are concerned about emotional abuse in your household or relationship, contact us by calling 833.625.0458.
Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship
Sometimes it is hard to admit that things are not right. If someone in your household uses manipulating people’s emotions, they may lack the conflict resolution skills needed to communicate. The first step is to recognize a problem exists and even can include reaching out to a mental health treatment center. Some of the most common signs of an emotionally abusive relationship include:
- Manipulation: Attempting to control what you do
- Driving wedges between family members
- Humiliation and criticizing: The other person calls you names, has derogatory pet names for you, or makes statements that you are “always” doing something wrong such as screwing up, being late, or a problem
- Insults to your appearance: They make comments about the way you look or tell you that your hair, clothing, or makeup is ugly, especially when leaving home
- Yelling: Communication through yelling is never acceptable, especially when it makes you feel like you are inconsequential to them. Sometimes, aggressive behaviors are a part of this.
- Embarrassing you in public: Saying negative or hurtful things in public to make you feel bad or pointing out shortcomings in front of others
- Patronizing: Saying things like, “I know you try but…” or otherwise trying to make you feel stupid or unimportant
- Dismissive: They don’t listen to what’s important to you but engage in activities such as headshaking, sighing, or even rolling their eyes when you try to talk to them
- Accusing or blaming: They use guilt against you, often turning the tables on situations to make it less about you and more about their needs
More Signs of Emotional Abuse
In addition to this, emotionally abusive relationships can also center around things like demanding respect from you, trying to create rifts between you and your family, or simply shutting down communication. They may deny they abuse you or accuse you of the abuse. They may have angry outbursts, engage in giving you direct orders, or lecture you. Sometimes, they walk out and leave you hurting. Emotional abuse can sometimes lead to physical abuse. The longer you remain experiencing this, the more your emotional health takes a toll. Over time, that can lead to changes in who you are, what you think of yourself, and your outlook on life. And, there’s treatment available to you right here in Georgia.
How to Get Treatment for Emotional Health in Georgia
At our outpatient and residential mental health treatment center, we offer support for those struggling in an emotionally abusive relationship. Our comprehensive treatment programs can help you gain the strength to leave and even have the power to reclaim your overall emotional health. The sooner you take action to achieve this, the better. Learn more about our programs, including:
- Depression treatment services
- Anxiety treatment services
- Individual therapy programs
- Family therapy programs
Now Is the Time to Get Help – Call Atlanta Center for Mental Health
Are you in an emotionally abusive relationship and ready to get help? Whether you need emotional health support or domestic violence support, our compassionate counselors can help you today. Don’t put treatment off. Call Atlanta Center for Mental Health in Georgia for immediate help at 833.625.0458 or reach out to us online. If your safety is at risk, call 911 now.