Do you think ‘toxic’ is too harsh of a word for negative family members? The definition of toxic is that something is harmful to your health or lethal if consumed in sufficient quantities. When you understand how negative family members affect your health, this word makes total sense.
Toxic family members cause a lot of stress on you. Their manipulation, drama, neediness, criticism, jealousy, and other negative traits can drain you emotionally and make you feel bad about yourself. All of these things affect your health both directly and indirectly. The stress and anxiety affect your health directly, and your negative state of mind causes you to make decisions that negatively affect your health in a big way.