Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW spoke with Bustle about how letdowns in relationships could be classified as emotional abuse.
For some couples, it’s possible to overcome this problem — and improve the overall health of the relationship — by talking about it and going to therapy. “There are circumstances where a couple can overcome emotional abuse, particularly in situations where the relationship is healthy other than when the couple is fighting in the heat of the moment, and bad behaviors come out,” licensed psychologist Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW, tells Bustle. “In those circumstances, couples counseling could be effective.”
It’s important, though, to tune into your feelings and be honest with yourself about the state of your relationship. If it feels toxic, or you feel unsafe, it may be best to get out. Often a friend, family member, or therapist can help you in the process. So if you notice any of the signs of emotional abuse listed below, don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help, or call a hotline, to help you get out of the relationship.
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