5 Signs You Are Around Toxic People

Have you ever heard someone described as “toxic”? One way to think about this is that relationships are like chemistry experiments – some people combine in a way that is “toxic” to each other under certain environments. Just because someone is “toxic” to you doesn’t mean that they are “toxic” to everyone else, and it doesn’t mean that they will always be “toxic” to you. Here are 5 signs that you are around too many toxic people:

  1. You feel bad or guilty when you are in a good mood, and you avoid sharing good news with others.
  2. You feel like you are “walking on eggshells” all the time.
  3. You have a feeling of dread every morning about what other people might do or say to you.
  4. You feel like you have to put on a mask when you are around other people because you are worried about what might happen if they saw the “real” you.
  5. You are constantly making excuses for other’s bad behavior.

Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne

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Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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