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Help me identify abusive relationship

Please help me learn how to identify an emotionally/mentally abusive relationship. I am not sure if myne has always been one, or is slowly turning into one, or is not one. [more inside]
posted by amacph10 on Jun 15, 2011 - 137 answers

What are some of the best self-help books you read after leaving an abusive relationship?

What are some of the best self-help books you read after leaving an abusive relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 - 14 answers

What do I call this?

Some things happened to me when I was a child and I'm not sure what to call them but I think they were abusive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2011 - 20 answers

OMG get me out of here.

Please recommend resources to avoid insanity in a family business. [more inside]
posted by motsque on Jun 3, 2011 - 11 answers

I want the babe to be safe.

Neighbor behavior filter: I hear my neighbor's baby (definitely a baby) crying. I hear the sound of a man yelling things like "shut up" or "stop crying". And then I hear the sound of a smack. This makes me feel horrified. But is it any of my business to try to help? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on May 25, 2011 - 40 answers

I've got a friend in a bad situation. How can she get out?

A good friend of mine - I'll refer to her as E - is living in a negative situation that she's ready to get out of. Short version: she's living with and basically looking after a toxic, alcoholic parent. E's done all she can, and it's time to leave. But there are some issues holding her back. How can she address these? Details below. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on May 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me move forward from an emotionally tramatic year....

How can I restore my mental health/sanity after one stressful hell of a year? Additionally, any suggestions for starting to heal as a surviour of emotional abuse by a parent? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on May 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Thriving as an adult after a dysfunctional authoritarian childhood?

Resources for adults who have trouble living day to day after growing up in an authoritative family in which abuse was present? [more inside]
posted by GEB's fun world on May 7, 2011 - 6 answers

How to change my I'm not lovable belief system?!? Help me!!

How can I fix myself so I can attract and believe in a healthy relationship is out there for me? I have great friends, I'm well-liked, I have a great career and have made tons of progress working on myself over the last ten years to make sure I don't adopt the patterns of my family of origin. I want a relationship but I still keep falling into the pattern of "I'll never meet anyone for me" or thinking that I'm meant to be alone AND I WANT TO STOP THIS BS ALREADY! Help/ideas please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Questions to ask about entering a psychiatric facility

My spouse will soon be voluntarily entering a psychiatric facility in order to deal with some trauma from sexual and physical abuse when they were a child. I have some questions I hope you can help answer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me help my neighbors dog!

Is there anything I can do to help this dog? [more inside]
posted by iabide79 on Feb 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me bounce back from an emotionally abusive relationship.

I just left an emotionally abusive relationship. And I feel... off. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Chaining Up A Dog--How Can I Stop This?

My parents have a guard dog that they chain up, all day and all night. How do I stop this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 - 30 answers

Evidence-based donations

What organizations deserve my money to prevent child abuse and ameliorate the consequences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Tell me about a study that links kindness and affinity.

We know that an abuser's contempt for his victim increases, the more he abuses her, in a vicious feedback loop. Are you aware of any studies suggesting the converse, that when I treat someone with kindness, my affinity increases, in a virtuous circle?
posted by markcmyers on Jan 13, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I survive surviving?

I'm a childhood sexual abuse survivor who is not really surviving right now. I need help with a whole bunch of things, and after reading this, I decided I'd query AskMe to see what resources are available. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 - 45 answers

Please recommend a therapist

I'm looking for recommendations for a gay/gay-friendly therapist in the Northern Virginia area who has experience with alcohol abuse and alcoholism. I'm attending AA meetings to help with the continuing sobriety, but I really think I would benefit from some additional therapy. Thank you. (The gay/gay-friendly is in there because I don't want any chance of homophobia or blaming my problems on being gay)
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Help before it gets bloody.

Worried about elderly father... [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Jan 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Stats on men who are falsely accused?

Are there any statistics regarding the number of men who work in childcare and are falsely accused of abusing the children in their care? [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Dec 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I say something about this strange situation? Is it even strange?

What do to about a child in a potentially abusive situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 - 17 answers

How common is physical abuse in the workplace?

How common is physical abuse in the workplace? I had a boss who hit me a few years ago and I was talking to a friend recently and she said the same thing happened to her. Naturally, this made me curious as I thought physical abuse was relatively rare in the workplace compared to emotional.
posted by jihaan on Nov 23, 2010 - 41 answers

My father's religious and cultural beliefs, & my facebook account

A fundy Muslim father (and his extended family) with strong religious & cultural beliefs vs. his adult daughter's facebook account. How do I reconcile this? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead on Nov 22, 2010 - 96 answers

Can therapy help me?

I'm a well-adjusted person plagued now by anger and disappointment re: her absentee father. Should I pursue therapy, or go about this a different route? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Options for abused 16-year-old

My sister's friend's parents are abusing her and her younger brother. What are the girl's options? She's 16. Could she be emancipated without the courts putting her brother into foster care or with a potentially abusive uncle? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Nov 2, 2010 - 27 answers

can I get paid?

Legalfilter! My work was taken advantage of - I interned/trained for a small business but wasn't paid for any time. I asked for things to be made right, but was told to shove it. Do I go to court? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Oct 30, 2010 - 26 answers


Grandmother in a nursing home. Elderly grandfather caring for her and denying help from others. Grandma not getting the care she needs. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Oct 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Please help me manage my obsessive thoughts

Why do my obsessive thoughts focus so much on my relationship, and what can I do to manage them? After living through years of sexual abuse as a child and teen, followed by a severely unhealthy relationship with an older man soon there after, I've actually found someone with whom I have potential to build something that could be really great. The trouble is that my brain is trying incredibly hard to sabotage this relationship, despite my best efforts to control it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2010 - 18 answers

How does one identify emotional issues related to substance abuse/ depression?

Because: 1) of depression and 2) I got into relationship trouble (with my spouse) because of occasional binge drinking--- I've have had no alcohol for about 7 weeks. I've been on a mild dose of an antidepressant almost the whole time and feel a low-level, but constant, state of mild depression- kind of "zombie-like." I was hoping getting alcohol off the table would reveal "emotional issues" as to why I've enjoyed binging , but that really hasn't happened, even with therapy (about 7-8 sessions - we've just kicked around painful events that probably most people have encountered one way or another.) Soooooo, the question is: How does one define or identify "emotional issues" related to substance abuse and/or depression? (beyond therapy, eliminating substances)
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2010 - 13 answers

My brother is abusing his girlfriend, and I don't know what to do.

My brother is emotionally abusing his girlfriend. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 44 answers

How would you react to this?

How would you react if your long-term boyfriend/girlfriend told you they have a past history of extensive physical, sexual, and emotional abuse? Or do you say anything at all? Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2010 - 31 answers

Help me to be of good help!

I'm about to begin volunteering at a shelter for battered women and their children. The shelter also operates a 24/7 crisis line for women who have suffered from abuse and violence, including sexual assault. What should I know before I start? How should I prepare? What was your experience like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 21 answers

Should I Call Child Protective Services?

I have a reasonable suspicion that a friend is abusing her two-year-old son. This same friend is also pregnant with her second child. I have been observing her behavior for several months now and I am as sure as I can be without direct proof that she is harming both of her children. I know that calling Child Protective Services is a HUGE deal, but I am generally very concerned about the health and safety of these kids. Please help me make the most difficult decision of my life thus far. Should I call Child Protective Services? Yes, I am a parent myself and so yes, I know that if I am wrong, that it would be life shattering. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 79 answers

A good book explaining parental abuse and a child's view of one self?

I need help UNDERSTANDING something. How does one emotional and physical abuse as a child contribute to one's basic feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem? Any specific book recommendations on the subject? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Aug 31, 2010 - 18 answers

Why is one of these things not like the others?

Why did the "Twisted girl throwing puppies in a river" video generate such global outrage and attention, when other videos of violence towards animals usually don't? What was different about this video? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Aug 31, 2010 - 39 answers

Friend sexually abused his girlfriends.

Found out a good friend sexually abused his girlfriends. Paralyzed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2010 - 26 answers

Who do we contact at the Oregon DHS to report an abusive work situation?

Who do we contact at the Oregon DHS to report an abusive work situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Can we curse on AskMe? I want to.

I'm bitter and angry at my ex-husband. Also, shallow. Please help me change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 30 answers

How can I give myself a do-over on my cruddy childhood?

Can anyone recommend a self-help method for starting one's (emotional) life over again after coming to terms with childhood trauma? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 - 19 answers

I don't know how to support my mentally ill mother.

How can I best support my family in a situation involving domestic turmoil and mental illness? This is an abnormally long question but I tried to include everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 - 19 answers

Which approach in a divorce is better?

Which approach to take in a divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 - 22 answers

Help for victims of domestic abuse?

My friend was assaulted by her husband last week. She's new to this country, and feels that she doesn't have anyone knowledgable of the law to talk to about what she can do, or what's going to happen... [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

I was wrongly and illegally ticketed!

I just got a parking ticket for a lot I was never in. I'm pretty annoyed. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jun 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Scared and alone

I’m in a pretty desperate situation at the moment and apart from going to the doctors and probably receiving medication and a referral to a counsellor (with a long waiting list), I have nowhere else to turn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Don't touch me!

Help me figure out how to start talking to my four year old son about what to do if he's in a dangerous situation. Not a "house on fire" danger, but a possible molestation/kidnapping/violence situation. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 21, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I untrain myself to alter my plans for men under all circumstances?

Snowflake relationship question: How do I keep this quasi-relationship from stressing me out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Talking to relatives of the boy who cried wolf

NeighborFilter: Kid in distress, probably made the wrong call. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 - 40 answers

The right to control an ex's dating habits?

What legal, moral or ethical rights does ex-spouse A have when it comes to controlling ex-spouse B's dating habits, under the guise of protecting their children? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Jun 16, 2010 - 17 answers

Is this emotional abuse, narcissistic personality or both?

What is emotional abuse? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jun 3, 2010 - 59 answers

How to cope with my mom's death?

My mother, a long term alcohol/prescription drug abuser, died last week. She was in her 50s. I'm a wreck and need help coping. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Was My Cat Abused?

Last week, my cat ran in through his kitty door and jumped onto the back bedroom windowsill all in a rush. He had a bunch of those weeds that look like wheat stuck to him throughout his fur, and worse, he smelled very strongly [warning: strong stomach required!] of diarrhea! [more inside]
posted by SociologistTina on May 19, 2010 - 21 answers

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