Signs of Abusive and Toxic Relationships: What’s the Difference?
Dr. Cristina Davis
Recently, there has been an uptick in the discussion around “toxic” relationships. Toxic relationships are real, but toxic does not necessarily mean abusive; however, it is important to note that there may be some overlap, and yet, a distinction is needed. While all abusive relationships can certainly be characterized as toxic, not all toxic relationships are necessarily abusive. In this article, practical steps to addressing toxic relationships and a clear explanation of abusive relationships are discussed. What are toxic relationships? Toxicity can be found in various relationships including romantic relationships, friendships, and even relationships with family members. Often an individual may feel drained, angry, or depressed after interacting in such...continue reading »