Some of the effects of domestic violence are obvious: a black eye, a broken bone, a red welt. But other effects of domestic abuse – such as the effects of psychological abuse or mental abuse – are much more subtle. However, the health consequences of mental abuse can be just as serious, and they can affect both the body and the mind.

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Physical health issues
  • Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, insomnia, and other sleep disturbances  
  • Loss of appetite and eating disorders
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self blame
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Difficulty developing coping mechanisms
  • Difficulty at work or at school
  • Difficultly forming healthy relationships in the future
  • Destructive behavior and behavioral issues
  • Substance abuse issues, alcohol dependence, and drug addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide
  • Other mental health issues

Scars of Mental Abuse 

As you can see, emotional abuse can affect all aspects of your personal life and professional life, and even lead to ongoing mental health issues that can take years of treatment and healing. Those who have suffered from mental abuse don’t simply feel sad, they are often suffering from crippling anxiety and depression that can make it difficult to hold down a job, care for their children, or lead a fulfilling life. While the black eye, broken bone, or welt will heal over time, the scars of mental abuse can last for years as abuse survivors attempt to overcome the pain and trauma of their experience.


If you are going through a Washington divorce that involves domestic violence and psychological abuse, it is vital that you discuss your case with an experienced family law attorney. The Seattle domestic violence lawyers at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny may be able to help. Call us today at 425-460-0550 to schedule a private consultation. 

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