Difficult relationships with family members, friends, or work colleagues can have a significant impact on mental health. Increased stress due to conflicts, arguments, or tension can contribute to a range of issues including anxiety, depression, and even physical health problems. Beyond emotional distress, difficult or toxic relationships can also lead to lower self-esteem, isolation, and loneliness.
Examples of Difficult Relationships
Relationships can be hard, and working with others can be a challenge. But truly difficult relationships are characterized by a lack of respect and trust, constant criticism and negativity, or manipulation such as gaslighting, guilt-tripping, withholding affection, and using threats or intimidation to control your thoughts, actions, or decisions. Sometimes, there is an imbalance of power, which can lead to one person dominating another and creating feelings of helplessness, resentment, or dependency for the victim. Toxic relationships can be volatile and may quickly escalate to insults, threats, and physical violence.
What To Do Now
There are many ways to navigate difficult relationships, and we can help. Go to FindHelp.org now, or call 988.