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Growing up in a toxic home with a toxic family is never a good experience for anyone who has to go through it. Growing up in a toxic family environment forces you to learn how to overcome a lot but it doesn’t teach you how to handle your own emotions properly.

Toxic family members do a lot more damage to you than you probably realize they do. They break you down time and time again and if you cannot find the strength to cut them off, they will continue to do this until you are literally in your grave. There is no end unless you make one yourself by removing these people from your life and moving on in the best ways you know how to.

If you are someone that grew up in a toxic family you know that when it comes to feeling things like anger, sadness, or well anything else you had to hide it. You couldn’t freely express yourself for fear of what might happen. Because of that and whatever else you were forced to face, you are most likely going through things even now. Having a toxic childhood will follow through into your adulthood. You will face specific difficulties because of what you have been through.

Below I am going to go over some of the things you might be struggling with or battling in life because of your childhood. Some of these things will be easier to deal with than the others but they will all prove to be quite a task. Moving on is going to come with a lot of inner turmoil.

5 Difficulties You’re Most Likely Facing If You Grew Up In A Toxic Family Environment:

1. You struggle with maintaining self-value.

When you grow up thinking you don’t matter self-value or self-worth is going to be something you have a problem with. You think that because someone else doesn’t value you that you should not value yourself.

2. You cannot establish healthy boundaries.

You don’t know how to say no or to push people away. You let people walk all over you and it’s really not going to do you any good in the long run. You need to find your voice and set boundaries.

3. Sharing your feelings with others is hard.

You might struggle with sharing your emotions with even those who are asking about them because you just don’t know how. You aren’t as used to expressing yourself as some people are. Things like this just don’t come easy for you.

4. You tend to be a lot more anxious than most others.

You tend to be anxious most of the time. When a situation turns tense or gets you upset you feel it more than most others would. Even in some of the most simple situations, you become quite nerved out.

5. You find it hard to trust well, anyone.

You can’t let people in how you wish you could. When it comes to trusting others you don’t know who should be trusted. You’re used to those who matter the most always letting you down.

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