It feels obvious to say this, but getting a divorce isn't easy. I should know—I've been there. About five years ago, I said the magic words: "I want a divorce." The process took us awhile, and it was a bumpy ride. And if I had to guess, your experience won't exactly be smooth sailing, either. No matter how amicable the split, divorce is still an emotionally draining and difficult-to-navigate process. (Walk away stress with Prevention's new program, Walk Your Way to Better Health.
Emotional abuse, while it leaves no marks, can sometimes be the hardest type of abuse to understand in a relationship. It's hard to imagine that someone who "loves you" could abuse you -- and besides, it's just words, right? It's not like you're being BEATEN.