Verbal abuse can be hard to notice, especially when it's subtle. 

Here are some types of verbal abuse that are often overlooked: 

Gaslighting: This is when someone makes you question your own reality, memory, or perception.  

For example, they might tell you that you're imagining things or that you're too sensitive. 

Condescending tone: This type of abuse involves putting you down or making you feel inferior.  

The abuser might use sarcasm, insults, or put-downs to make you feel small. 

Neglecting to praise or support: A healthy relationship includes validation and appreciation. 

If your partner or loved one never seems to praise you or support your accomplishments, it could be a sign of verbal abuse. 

Backhanded compliments: These are compliments that come with a hidden insult.