Symptoms of mental abuse can be verbal and nonverbal. The abuser controls the victim through belittling and undermining actions. This may include degrading, threatening, humiliating, or intimidating language. The abuse may occur in private or in public. The abuser may also try to isolate the victim controlling, e-mail, telephone, and written communication, as well as face to face meetings with friends and family. The abuser is often in control of the financial assets and controls the victim's access to money.
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Symptoms of mental abuse include efforts of one person to control another through constant criticism and belittling, making threats of physical abuse or withdrawal of love, safety, or financial support, and efforts to isolate the victim from friends or family. Mental abuse tends over time to affect the victim`s self-confidence so adversely that (s)he may become less and less able to act on his/her own behalf, and may come to believe that the abusive behavior is his/her own fault.