Couples / Family Relationships
Healthy relationships are not 100 percent happy all the time, but there are some things that distinguish them from unhealthy relationships. Some of the main characteristics of toxic relationships are emotional abuse, physical abuse, lying and cheating, dislike or distrust.
This can happen with couples, and within families. If you see these things in your relationship, they should raise a red flag.
Ask yourself, is this is the right person for you? Where is this going? Can I trust my parents? My partner? My child?
Sometimes it can be as simple as poor communication skills. Or a life change that has thrown your relationship off, and you may need some help getting back on track. Is this about drugs, sexual issues, money issues, or new friends, old friends, or maybe no friends?
Secrets of abuse, mistakes made, or hiding the truth can cause damage to the best of relationships. Sometimes you find out that you did know the person well enough, to jump so far so fast, and you might need to slow things down and work towards creating common goals as a couple. Maybe you see your child trying to grow up without your input, your rules, and everyone's need to compromise.
If you need help because you are or think you might know someone who is in a bad or toxic relationship. Counseling can help you find a solution if a relationship is affecting your life in negative ways.
If you're struggling to leave a bad situation, know that there are services out there that want to help. You can come out of a toxic relationship and go on to build a happy and healthy relationship when you're ready.