Emotional and mental abuse are often misunderstood as “not as severe” as physical or sexual abuse. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In particular, when you grow up in an emotionally and mentally abusive home, there can be serious ramifications to long term mental health in adulthood. Gaslighting, as explained in this article, is serious business. But, with treatment (hopefully to both the caregiver causing the abuse so it doesn’t continue, and to the child effected by it) psychological wounds can heal. This also often happens in relationships defined by domestic violence. Even if the perpetrator doesn’t hit you, this is just as damaging, if not more so. If you think this has happened to you or is happening to you, there are resources. Learn more about gaslighting here.