Chronic pain patients are often dismissed and told the pain is in their head. For World Mental Health Day, Glasgow Live reporter Sophie Buchan shares her first-hand experience of gaslighting.
Gaslighting refers to a form of emotional abuse which involves "manipulating someone by psychological means into doubting their own sanity".
This can also happen in medical settings - referred to as medical gaslighting. This is used to describe medical practitioners who blame a patient's symptoms on psychological factors, or deny a patient's illness, for example, doubting their pain because they "don't look sick".