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.
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.