Carrie and Mr. Big from “Sex and the City.” Ross and Rachel from “Friends.” Serena and Dan from “Gossip Girl.” Some of our favorite love stories are embroiled with on-again, off-again drama.

And while it might make for titillating viewing, it’s not necessarily doing our headspace any favors by emulating it in real life. According to a new study, breaking up and getting back together can seriously impact your mental health – and not for the better.

Researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that habitual breaking up is linked to a series of negative patterns including higher instances of anxiety and depression.

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