If you’ve been around a while, you’ve heard me open up a little bit about my emotionally abusive relationship in high school and my freshman year of college. While I haven’t dedicated an entire post to it, I’ve mentioned it a little bit in my Thriving with Depression in your 20s series. Today I want to share a little bit with y’all on my experience with an abusive relationship and why I blocked my ex on social media.
Emotional abuse is one of the most common forms of domestic abuse and is present in almost every type of abusive relationship (source). Emotional abuse involves putting your partner down, isolation, threats, the list goes on. Ask anyone who has experienced emotional abuse and they will tell you that it is hell. And it take a long time to pull yourself back from.
I broke up with my ex (for the final time) in February/March of 2011 (I remember so well because I got Gatsby right after). Despite our breakup, he still continued to try and get to me. He would say things to mutual friends that would drive me to act out, go off on him, whatever. Anything he could do to get a reaction out of me, he tried. I felt insane. I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak.