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Psychological abuse can take the form of physical intimidation, controlling through scare tactics and oppression. It is often associated with situations of power imbalance, such perhaps as the situations of abusive relationships and child abuse; however, it can also take place on larger scales, such as Group psychological abuse, racial oppression and bigotry. A more "mild" case might be that of workplace abuse. Workplace abuse is a large cause of workplace-related stress, which in turn is a strong cause of illness, both physical and mental.
When a child is emotionally abused, some may not even reconize it, and make it seem like everyday behavior. When in fact, it can have serious long term effects on the child at hand.
There need not be an agitator for psychological abuse to occur — one can undergo self-abuse, as in the case of someone who is a depressive, or self-mutilation.[How to reference and link to summary or text]
Any situation in which the repeated and extreme impact of a situation affects a person's emotional and rational thinking, in such a way as to adversely impact their later lives, could be termed as psychological abuse at some level.[How to reference and link to summary or text]Psychotherapy and psychiatric methods can help some people overcome the negative effects of abuse, given time and a healing environment.
- Child abuse
- Child emotional abuse
- Child neglect
- Elder abuse
- Partner abuse
- Physical abuse
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