The eternal back and forth of an on-off relationship can hurt mental health. This is shown by a study by the University of Illinois. Couples in these relationships , which are constantly divorced and then reunited, often suffer from symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

On-Off Relationships Affect Health

In total, more than 500 persons were examined in relationships for the study. The result:  unlike more robust partnerships, on-off relationships are characterized by more psychological abuse, less involvement in the relationship, and poorer communication. This in turn favors mental stress, such as depression or anxiety disorders. The more often one separates and rejoins, the higher the chance of mental illness. According to earlier  studies, around 60% of adults are said to have lived at least once in an on-off relationship.

A separation is not always bad

However, a temporary separation need not necessarily be bad, according to the author of the study. Separations can be instrumental in understanding how important the relationship is and ultimately contributing to a more stable and healthier relationship. However, a permanent on-off should be avoided. If one suffers from constant back-and-forth, one should rather end up putting an end to it  or at least try to analyze why it always comes back to separation and thus possibly save the relationship. Even a couple therapy can help.