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We've alllllll been there before—you're arguing with your significant other so often that you actually feel like your brain is going to fall out of your ass at any moment. The headaches, the nausea, the sheer frustration in knowing that no matter how loud you scream, they're never going to hear you. It's chaos, it's madness, its ruin, and according to science it can actually cause you to lose your mind—permanently. If that's not a reason to break up, then hell, I don't know what is! This is applicable to all romantic relationships, boyfriends, girlfriends, wives and husbands alike. That sh-t is toxic, and it's really not that surprising science agrees.
In a new study conducted by The University of East Anglia researchers followed more than 10,000 over-50-year-olds for over a decade to calculate the impact of family life on dementia risk.
The study ultimately came down to quality versus quality, as many things in life do—"Dr Mizanur Khondoker, a senior lecturer in medical statistics at UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “It is well known that having a rich network of close relationships, including being married and having adult children, is related to a reduced risk of cognitive decline and developing dementia."
“However, a relationship or social connection that does not work well can be a source of intense interpersonal stress, which may have a negative impact on both physical and mental health of older adults. It is not only the quantity of social connections, but the quality of those connections may be an important factor affecting older people’s cognitive health.
This isn't necessarily as relevant to people of the millennial age group but it's definitely worth noting that arguing with your significant other WILL inevitably lead to mental and physical trauma. The statistics were pretty remarkable in those 50 and over—"an increase of one point in the positive social support score led to up to a 17 per cent reduction in the instantaneous risk of developing dementia, the findings showed. Positive support was characterized by having a reliable, approachable and understanding relationship with spouses or partners, children and other immediate family."