High school relationships can be affected by toxicity

by Paige Bourquin

High school relationships, like most relationships, are complicated. Partners go through life, laughter, smiles, and love, but also go through heartbreak, fights, anger, and pain. Relationships can be positive as long as they are healthy. Sometimes someone might get trapped in a toxic relationship with a friend or partner, and a big thing is recognizing what is making the relationship toxic, and what to do. If you notice any of these signs in a relationship, please seek out professional help.

Physical Abuse:

The most common type of abuse is physical abuse, so it’s easier to detect when this type of abuse is going on. If someone is physically abusing you, it could feel hard to leave. If a friend is harming you, tell others and get away from them as fast as you can. If it’s a partner, follow these steps and also call the domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Verbal and Psychological Abuse:

Another common type of abuse is psychological abuse. This one could be harder to recognize, but there are some patterns of this type of abuse. These patterns are what is known as “Red Flags” is from. The most common type of psychological abuse is verbal abuse. This is where the phrase “Words Like knives” come from. Any form of unwanted putting down, yelling, and even neglect are a form of abuse. 

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