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Re: domestic abuse and depression

Re: domestic abuse and depression

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Posted by Jody on December 04, 2000 at 18:54:52:

In Reply to: domestic abuse and depression posted by Sonya on December 03, 2000 at 22:11:07:

: I have been in a verbally abusive relationship that has made me depressed. I have been yelled at, been called names, and threatened with violence (he has threatened to kill me). My boyfriend flies into rages unexpectedly and without provacation. Then he apologizes and promises never to do it again. I am finally am talking to a therapist, and I recently went on an anti-depressant. It has taken me a long time to be able to admit that things were never going to change. I have become isolated from almost all of my friends and family.

: I left my boyfriend but am deeply hurt and emotionally scarred. I have no self-esteem left. Has anyone been in a similiar situation and if so, how did you get back your life and self-esteem.

Dear Sonya,
I can relate to what you are saying. I was in a similar situation years ago and emotional abuse is a tough one because as KLynn said, your mind plays tricks on you. I used to think, if he would just haul off and smack me, I would KNOW it was abuse. An emotional abuser will isolate you as well as they can from your friends and family, and they do it slowly so you don't know what the heck is happening. When I got out of that situation, I gradually re-established my other relationships that had been put on hold. I also found an okay job that with some hard work I turned into a real decent position. I started taking more pride in my appearance and most importantly got counselling. You will be okay, you have taken to hardest and most important step already....you got out! My best to you. Be kind to yourself.
Jody


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