Psychological abuse, also known as emotional abuse or mental abuse, is rampant in long-term care facilities and nursing homes across Texas.
What is Psychological Abuse?
Psychological abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the infliction of emotional distress, anguish, and harm on an individual. Mental abuse leaves subtle symptoms and can be difficult to detect. It can leave a resident feeling sad, depressed, helpless, fearful, and anxious.
Psychological abuse often contributes to a severe decline in the victim’s physical and cognitive health. In most cases, severe emotional abuse is inflicted by the nursing home staff. However, it may also be inflicted by other residents, in which case the nursing home is nevertheless liable if it knew, or should have known, that psychological abuse was occurring.