I don’t know if many of you know this, but a few years ago my older sister and I (primarily myself) were the victims of emotional abuse, perpetrated by our mother, for a period of about two years. Although I do not definitively know what caused my mom to behave in such a manner, it was during a period of change for our family. While any stressful feelings my mom may have had at the time do not absolve her of her actions, I have forgiven her and have been in a happier relationship for some time now. However, the effects of her actions have impacted me deeply and I still struggle with an anxiety disorder that arose during that time of abuse.
That being said, I would recommend to anyone that thinks they may be in an abusive situation that you seek help immediately, whether it be from a therapist, or a pastor, or some other trusted person in your life. Even if you are not in a position to leave the abusive atmosphere, you do not have to go through this alone. The link here has some information on emotional abuse from parents.
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