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How do I cope with the effect of mental abuse?

That is a huge question! It deserves a huge answer - bigger than can be accommodated here. Assuming you are away from your tormentor or have gone through therapy with your tormentor and the abuse has stopped, now you have to re-establish your relationships with yourself and others. That is quite an undertaking that requires both professional and informal support.

Your relationship with yourself is critical. For a long time, your environment has been convincing you that you are unworthy on many levels in many ways. Your self-image has changed to accommodate that view as true. That acceptance has impacted your 'self' to your very core. Now you must change it back. You can only do this with professional help, family support, positive self-talk and acceptance of the journey as non-linear. There will be times of falling back before going forward. But success is possible with determination and support. 

Coping with the effects of mental abuse requires a safe and supportive environment. Once you have removed yourself from an abusive situation, seek professional help to deal with the symptoms of mental abuse, including psychotherapy and drug therapy. Follow your doctor's instructions when taking prescription drugs to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression. Develop a support group of family and friends. Be kind to yourself. Get plenty of rest, eat a proper diet, exercise, and relax. Break dangerous behavioral cycles by choosing healthy responses to stressful, anxious, or depressing moods. Do not take drugs or alcohol to numb the pain.

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