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10 Covert Signs of a Toxic Friend

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It’s not in your head. Toxic friendships tend to follow people with ADHD for a few reasons.[Is Your Friendship Toxic? Take This Quiz]You deserve reciprocal, enriching, and healthy friendships.

As you remove toxic friends from your life, use these strategies to help you break out of a scarcity mindset and find genuine friends who support and understand you.The content for this article was derived from the ADDitude ADHD Experts webinar titled, “An Adult’s Guide to Fostering Friendships with ADHD” [Video Replay & Podcast #478] with Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., ACCG, PCC, which was broadcast on November 2, 2023.SUPPORT ADDITUDE Thank you for reading ADDitude.

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