Are you tired of family drama?

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Nedra Glover Tawwab a therapist in Charlotte, N.C., and the author of bestseller “Set Boundaries, Find Peace” and “Drama Free."
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Family can be our biggest source of strength. But depending on the family you grew up in, the people who should be on your support team can end up being the greatest drain on your mental health.

You can’t easily walk away from a sibling, parent, uncle, aunt or child who bring you pain and conflict. And if you do, the hurt can linger for years.

So, how do you stop the family drama, or at least learn to cope with it?

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with three therapists about how unhealthy families shape us and how to break the cycle of dysfunctional relationships.


  • Nedra Glover Tawwab is a therapist in Charlotte, N.C., and New York Times bestselling author of “Set Boundaries, Find Peace.” Her second book “Drama Free: A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships” was published earlier this year. She also posts daily advice on her Instagram account for more than 1.9 million followers.

  • LaReesa Hooper is a therapist and founder of Therapeace Counseling in St. Paul. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

  • Shanelle Wenell is a therapist with Therapeace Counseling in St. Paul. She is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist with additional expertise in equine therapy.

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MPR News host Angela Davis (left) talks about managing family drama and setting boundaries with therapists Shanelle Wenell and LaReesa Hooper in an MPR News studio in St. Paul on Wednesday.
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