Breaking ties with a close friend can be an incredibly painful ordeal, but sometimes it's just what needs to be done. While most friendships that end fade gradually because of distance, or a shifting in life values, there are friendships that explode in moments of betrayal or revelation.
Getting over the loss of these friendships can be deeply painful, but in many cases it's for the greater good. After all, if someone is willing to mistreat or drop you, they're a net loss in your life anyways. Still, processing these experiences can take weeks, months, sometimes even years, and if you're going through it currently it's good to know you're not alone.
It's a cold, cold world out there.
I was 16 and had my first boyfriend. I confided in my best friend of a decade that I was really upset because he got annoyed at something I said at Baskin Robins and threw me against a table and then down on the floor, and that it wasn't the first time he'd shoved me around.