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Unhappy How to deal with a dramatic, stressful family. - August 4th 2018, 09:21 AM

It's something I haven't been able to discuss at all but my family is so drama filled and stressful to the point I want to disconnect with atleast 90% of them this includes close family and friends of family. It's just negative, negative, negative from everyone's mouths. When you want to be positive, they shut you down in a matter of seconds and make you feel horrible. I know a lot of the negative-filled drama within my close family is my sister, her husband, and her best friend that lives with her. I've been close to her almost all of my life yet I feel like she drains all the positive shred of life in me. Same goes with the people who are around her except for her kids. It feels like I'm in a neverending cycle of negativity, anxiety and depression and its exhasting. When Im even having an awesome day, it gets ruined by someone. I don't know how to cope with this at all.

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Re: How to deal with a dramatic, stressful family. - August 5th 2018, 03:56 AM

Been there, boundaries are the answer. You can either limit contact or cut it completely. I would suggest starting small, limit contact to only certain days or hours of the day. Not responding is a response. You don't have to defend your positivity or engage in their negative draining behavior.

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