Over the years, I’ve worked with clients who have been abused by their parents, either physically, emotionally or sexually. This ill-treatment has affected both their physical and emotional health, as well as relationships with people round them. They might have grown up since the abuse happened, however, mentally and emotionally they are still very damaged.
Emotional neglect can be defined as a parent’s failure to notice and respond appropriately to a child’s emotions. It can be challenging to identify due to it being invisible. Unlike physical abuse, emotional neglect doesn’t leave bruises or any other visible signs that would tell the children experiencing it that something is wrong. More importantly, people usually don’t realize that they were emotionally neglected by their parents until many years later, when they become adults and the symptoms of emotional neglect start to appear.