You are here: TSSB > Safeguarding adults > Adults in specific circumstances > Psychological or emotional abuse Psychological or emotional abuse Types of psychological or emotional abuse Enforced social isolation – preventing someone accessing services, educational and social opportunities and seeing friends Removing mobility or communication aids or intentionally leaving someone unattended when they need assistance Preventing someone from meeting their religious and cultural needs Preventing the expression of choice and opinion Failure to respect privacy Preventing stimulation, meaningful occupation or activities Intimidation, coercion, harassment, use of threats, humiliation, bullying, swearing or verbal abuse Addressing a person in a patronising or infantilising way Threats of harm or abandonment Cyber bullying Possible indicators of psychological or emotional abuse An air of silence when a particular person is present Withdrawal or change in the psychological state of the person Insomnia Low self-esteem Uncooperative and aggressive behaviour A change of appetite, weight loss/gain Signs of distress: tearfulness, anger Apparent false claims, by someone involved with the person, to attract unnecessary treatment Futher information on Emotional Abuse BBC Scotland: ‘I didn’t know emotional abuse was a thing’ Relate has information on Emotional Abuse Other organisations also provide support. These include: Women’s Aid, which has a 24 hour helpline (0808 2000 247). They can talk you through any issues and help you figure out what you’d like to do next. They also have an email service. The Men’s Advice Line (0808 801 0327) provides the same service for men.