Topic for 07-05-18: Are Your Friends Stressing You Out? Help Is On the Way to Break Free of Toxic Friendships

Do you know how to deal with a friend that’s causing you stress? It may be time to re-evaluate your friendship circle. Below, experts Lanada Williams-Licensed Psychotherapist & National Certified Counselor and Chrystal Williams – Entrepreneur and Business Consultant – share some of the signs that you may be in a co-dependent relationship with a friend.

  1. You’re always putting their needs first at the expense of your own.
  2. You have difficulty saying “no” and setting limits.
  3. You find yourself always bailing them out of sticky situations.
  4. You are their main source of emotional support.
  5. You feel like you can never make a mistake in your friendship.
  6. You have feelings of resentment toward your friend.

No relationship is ever perfect, including those friendships that date back to grade school. There will always be ups and downs and times when you’re not on the same page. But being able to bounce back from the bad times is what makes the good times so valuable. Co-dependent friendships are different. Arguments feel like they can make or break the friendship, and that there is no coming back from them.

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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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