Our expert says:
Thnaks for the good wishes. Am plaugued with an inexplicable severe pain in Left knee since Christmas. But if that cleared up, I'd manage fine.
The "silent treatment" never solves problems, and can indeed be abusive when used for long. It is in effect a flat refusal to make any attenmpt to understand or solve whatever problems are troubling the silent one and the person he or she is busy being silent towards.
As for your question as to whether there are clear long-term effects, who knows ? Check the web, but I doubt anyone has been able to research this. As it's a private action ( or inaction ) and seldom lasts very long, I doubt you could recruit many people into many proper study of the question
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