Study: On-Again, Off-Again Relationships Might Be Toxic For Mental Health

Being in a relationship that’s hot and cold can be exhausting, and likely no good for your mental health. University of Illinois researchers looked at data from more than 500 people in relationships, and found an increase in breaking up and reuniting was associated with more psychological distress symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Researcher and professor Kale Monk explains, “The findings suggest that people who find themselves regularly breaking up and getting back together with their partners need to ‘look under the hood’ of their relationships to determine what’s going on. If partners are honest about the pattern, they can take the necessary steps to maintain their relationships or safely end them. This is vital for preserving their well-being.”