An emotionally abused child usually continues being emotionally abused by the parents long into adulthood. The patterns have already been established since the child’s earliest years. The dynamics of the family have been set into place. Nothing is to drastically change it—unless the child grown up awakens.
1. Seek professional help from someone who understands emotional child abuse.
2. Create some distance between you and your abusive parent.
3. Don’t give up! Stay awake, stay vigilant.
4. Take your time.
5. Educate yourself about emotional child abuse.
6. Be patient and loving with yourself.
7. Surround yourself with good, supportive friends.
8. Understand you may lose friends and family members—but let them go.
9. Keep a journal.
10. Be mindful of your relationships.
11. Pray or meditate.
12. Let yourself receive love.
13. Accept change.
14. Find a creative outlet.
15. Don’t give up.
Go to therapy. Educate yourself. Hold fast to the truth. Better to be alone in the truth than in the company of liars and their followers
taken from Veronica Jarski is founder and managing editor of The Invisible Scar, a passion project dedicated to raising awareness of emotional child abuse and its effects on adult survivors. She has extensive editorial experience and a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Her work has been featured on myriad publications, such as Kapost, MarketingProfs, and Ragan.