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Toxic Relationship: Is your relationship bad for your health?

A relationship can be just as hazardous to your health as smoking, obesity, stress or not getting treatment for a disease.  Just like these medical issues, the impact of a toxic relationship gradually takes its toll on one’s physical, mental, and psychosocial health. 
Dr. Lillian Glass, author of Toxic People, describes a toxic person as "anyone who manages to drag you down, make you feel angry, worn out, deflated, belittled or confused." It may be difficult for people to admit they are in a toxic relationship, because they are intelligent, self-sufficient individuals in other aspects of their lives.
You could have toxic friends, colleagues, partners, bosses, parents, etc. Be aware of some of the danger signs of a toxic relationship in order to get out.
Danger Signs
  • You are put you down verbally, in private or in front of others.
  • Your partner isolates you from your family, friends and even kids.
  • Your partner spies on you.
  • Your partner puts the blame on you for the failing relationship, expecting you to change or try solely to make things work.
  • Your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments or words are devalued.
  • Your partner is over dominating, leaving no space for your preference.
  • You feel afraid or unsafe with your partner and even escape from telling the truth at times for fear of upsetting him.
  • Your self-esteem is on an all time low, as your partner makes you feel unattractive or stupid.
  • Your partner might even be jealous of the time you spend with the kids.
  • Your partner will show up at work unexpectedly and might even try to log into your email account to read your mails.
  • You don’t seem to have control over your life anymore.
  • You think it’s up to you to make this relationship work itself out.
  • Your partner makes you feel stupid and unattractive.
In order to get out of a toxic relationship, the person being controlled needs to gather supporters who will help her feel safe and secure. She will need a safe haven, because when she leaves he may try very hard to get her back by using charm or threats. Often times a woman will need to be involved with the police and the court system, as her partner can become very violent.  There are many resources available in communities such as safe houses, support groups, court advocates, etc.  There are programs for children as well.  Children are also impacted by these relationships.
Remember:  Just as physical pain need attention, so does the emotional pain of a toxic relationship.

8 Comments to Toxic Relationship: Is your relationship bad for your health?:

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Cassandra Freeman on Sunday, January 30, 2011 5:23 PM
I agree. Certain relationships can be extremely toxic. I remember being in one quite some time ago. I especially agree that people may not want to admit it. In my past I dealt with a toxic relationship and I did not want to admit it. But I almost think that through admitting it you become empowered because its as if the burden has been lifted.
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