How do I know whether psychological abuse is happening?

Psychological abuse can be a little bit more tricky to identify, since there may not be any physical marks associated with this type of mistreatment. A senior resident who is suffering from psychological abuse may be yelled at, criticized, made fun of, or otherwise shamed. Residents who are enduring such abuse may exhibit the following signs:

  • Anxiety, depression, and isolation
  • Withdrawing from loved ones
  • Refusing to talk to anyone
  • Changes in behavior or personality
  • Frustration, anger, agitation, and impatience
  • Seeming afraid and nervous
  • Odd behavior like rocking back and forth
  • Rejecting meals and medications
  • Refusing to have certain caregivers attend to them
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite

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