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Child abuse experts say that psychological abuse in young children can be just as damaging to their physical, mental and emotional health as a slap, punch, or kick. Dr. Harriet MacMillan, a professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences and pediatrics of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the Offord Centre for Child Studies, was quoted as saying, “We are talking about extremes and the likelihood of harm, or risk of harm, resulting from the kinds of behavior that make a child feel worthless, unloved or unwanted,” said this after giving some extreme examples of physical abuse or neglect, like a mother leaving baby alone all day.

Belittling, denigrating, terrorizing, exploiting, emotional unresponsiveness, or corrupting a child to the point where their well-being is put at risk is an especially prevalent and difficult to diagnose form of child abuse and neglect. It’s the day-to-day messages that get yelled at the child or sometimes even said very matter-of-factly, letting them know they are a bad, terrible person, that they weren’t wanted in the first place or are defective or unlovable in some say
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