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One of the most decisive factors which prevent someone from leaving an unhealthy or destructive relationship is that they don’t know they are being abused. This is partially due to the fact that the media often portrays domestic violence as severe and overtly distressing. Or because the instances we see in the news focus exclusively on cases of physical abuse. Unfortunately, the effects of violence between intimate partners are not always visible and many victims are either unaware of them or understandably go to great lengths to hide them from the world. So how can you tell if you are being abused in your relationship?
In my previous post, I offered some coping strategies for those suffering from anxiety due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This follow-up article focuses on those who are former victims of trauma such as child abuse, sexual assault, or other major trauma in childhood or adulthood, as well as those who struggle with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder).
Emotional abuse is often covert and insidious. Many people who are victims of emotional abuse are not aware they are being abused or are in a toxic relationship. It is interesting to note that the most common type of abuse is emotional; and all abuse, sexual, physical, financial, etc., is emotionally abusive.
We are all struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us are suffering with anxiety in particular and yet we often don’t recognize when we are feeling overly anxious. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion that is characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes.”
No matter where you get your news — the internet, TV, podcasts, social media — reading, listening, and watching are likely to make you feel anxious. The health crisis of Covid-19 and the resulting economic fallout combined with political divisions and social unrest have many people feeling more worried and anxious than ever before.
Research shows that uncertainty can be particularly hard. In a recent study, people were more stressed by the idea of a 50 percent chance of receiving an electric shock than if they knew for sure it was coming. If you've ever known someone who had to suffer the agony of a loved one being missing long-term, you may already have seen that at some point they were desperate just for answers—even if those answers were the worst-case scenario.
The weeks ahead are fraught with stress, including managing difficult family conversations, dealing with finances, and contemplating travel plans. But as coronavirus cases continue to spike at alarming rates around many parts of the country, and people are forced to reconsider long-standing traditions, depression and anxiety are also on the rise.
From domestic violence to verbal abuse, abusive relationships are alarmingly common in modern times. Statistics show that 20 people are being abused by their partner every minute in the United States.
Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.