I Am a Daughter of a Mentally Ill Mom

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    I am the daughter of a mentally ill mom.

    My mom is a survivor of thyroid cancer. A couple of years ago she had a tumor removed and she has never been the same since. She is on heavy medication and is still very unstable. Last night she had a mental breakdown and tried to commit suicide in front of our entire family. I...
    beccabear896 beccabear896
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 5, 2014


    Can you alienate/cut off someone who hurts you so deeply? Even when that person is your mother. There is a constant struggle between 'I need to distance myself from this' and 'can she even control this?'
    Jan 18, 2013

    My Mother & Me- My Story Of Growing Up With A Mentally Ill Mother...

    My mother is both bi-polar and schizophrenic. Starting with the positive she is also my best friend, and only person I can truly talk to and be myself with. When she is on her medications and balanced she is literally the nicest person in the world. When I was 5 my mother...
    MissyBlueEyes MissyBlueEyes
    26-30, F
    3 Responses May 18, 2012

    Okay, so I've had some rough times in life just

    as everyone else. My mom has been struggling with mental illness her whole life. She has OCD, is a former addict, and I think she's bipolar, and certainly depressed. I began to hear her stories about how miserable she was starting back when I was 14. I was the one she came to...
    xBnThrRckedThtx xBnThrRckedThtx
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 16, 2013

    My Mum Was Always Ill

     I don't really know how to add to these stories.   My mum suffered from depression from my birth until I was about 25, I am now 31. It ruined my childhood. There was constant pain from it. It rwecked me emotionally. She couldn't look after me and all my oler...
    blobby77 blobby77
    4 Responses May 13, 2009

    I Feel Like I'm the Mom

    my mom is a hoarder. she also has some other kind of mental illness but had never been diagnosed because she refuses to seek treatment. she has a master's degree in social work and used to be a therapist before she got fired.  she claimed it was because of her age. i had to...
    deadlycupcake deadlycupcake
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Mar 22, 2009

    Growing Up With A Mother That Suffers With Ptsd

    My mom has been home bound since i was 7, I'm 16 now. She has suffered with PTSD (post tramatic stress disorder) my whole life, due to her bad childhood.  I've never been able to relate to anyone growing up because most kids have parents suffering from alcoholism or something...
    babybribug babybribug
    4 Responses May 16, 2012

    When I was in sixth grade I found out my mother

    had bipolar disorder and she ran away half way across the country to live with some guy she met on the internet. She tried to kill herself by drinking bleach while she was away and has fried most of her brain cells. It's very hard to live with her. I feel for everyone who has a...
    Roadtorecovery31997 Roadtorecovery31997
    18-21, F
    Oct 15, 2014

    I Spent 41 Years As The Daughter Of A Mentally Ill Mom And Survived

    My mother was diagnosed Manic Depressive, Paranoid and she had attempted Suicide a few times in her life. After her age of 50, Jean developed agoraphobia and became delusional. This was a caustic combination for me throughout my life. My earliest memories were that of shame and...
    MtnRose MtnRose
    3 Responses Oct 1, 2012

    I Feel Like I'm The Only Sane One In The Room...i Think.

    I live with my mom and I'm 41 years old....I can't tell you how much of a loser that makes me feel. But it's not just I'm 41 and unsuccessful, but I'm terrified of turning into my mom, who is 61 and equally unsuccessful..in life. Oh, she has a good job and a roof over her head...
    sistad sistad
    2 Responses Nov 6, 2011

    Mommy Dearest

    I'm guessing not the best one though. As a kid I did get into things but nothing illegal. I didn't get suspended, I never stole or took drugs, I've never even tried pot. I was asked to clean the house before they came home and watch the little ones whenever requested and I did. I...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Nov 22, 2007

    She Was Once Beautiful

    Oh... where to start. Well, my mom is an epileptic. When she was 15 she had a stroke and survived but the result of the stroke was a crippled hand and brain damage of half of her brain. I remember when I was little she wasn't so crazy, but I think my mom is the way she is because...
    nooneeverknows nooneeverknows
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Apr 10, 2013

    I Feel Like I Have Lost My Mom

    My mother has been mentally ill for as long as I can remember. It had been controlled somewhat up until a couple years ago when she divorced my dad and she has been going off her meds.. She lost her job of 18 years and has been hospitalized twice in the last six months.. I begged...
    joy33miller joy33miller
    36-40, F
    Aug 16, 2013

    My heart hurts just thinking about it.

    . But it happens. I'm just trying my best to hang in there, move forward, and watch over her.. even if I tend to break down about it at times..
    EndlessDreams22 EndlessDreams22
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 12, 2014

    I Didn't Have A Mother

    As far back as I can remember, my mom was depressed.  We never had a conversation as daughter and mom.  We never laughted together.  We went shopping but never spoke or interacted with each other.  She never taughte me anything.  I came along 12 years after my brother and...
    1 Response May 8, 2011

    My Mom

    I'm only 12. Just turned twelve. My mom was raped and has some terrible experieces. She has ptsd bipolar and depression. She used to just leave me and my sister who is 4 years older then me home alone when i was aout ages 6-9 and my sistre was 10-13 about, she would leave and not...
    xoiloveyouxo xoiloveyouxo
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Jul 14, 2011

    Where do I begin? Verbal emotional mental

    physical abuse and neglect. I now have anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks (not so frequent re:medication), depression since the age of 6 was my first awareness of the depression. Serious trust issues. My emotions and psychological pain have dominated my life as long as I can remember...
    waterdragon541 waterdragon541
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Jan 5, 2014

    Fighting Resentment and Anger

    I, too, am a daughter of a mentally ill mother. My mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 23 years old and when I was around 16, paranoia schizophrenia was added. I noticed the older I get the hard time I am having accepting her illness. I know that she...
    Sphinxkbngold24 Sphinxkbngold24
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Oct 22, 2008

    I just trying understand it's like she never

    happy with anything? me and sisters keep our distance now but I feel bad about it? any advice?
    nmorrissey12 nmorrissey12
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 23, 2015

    Controlling, Manipulative Mother

    My mom used to throw the christmas trees. She would lock herself in bathrooms threatening to kill herself when I was little. She took us to the hills was gunna drive us kids off a cliff when I was little. She would go around the house singing shes gunna kill her kids and herself...
    TheJozadak TheJozadak
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 28, 2010

    I remember when I woke up from thinking my

    mother was only just a flawed person. It was January and I remembered everything. My own mother attempted suicide leaving us with relatives we didn't know. She was in the hospital for two weeks screaming at nurses referring to my dad as Mr.Smith. My own mother kicked me out of...
    WeWereInfinate WeWereInfinate
    18-21, F
    Sep 4, 2015

    Loony Tunes

    my story well where do i start where do i end - i dont even feel like i want to ruin peoples lives with her bad stories - im  hoping you will understand - its so bad and so awful its like weird - ive put up with it for years growing up as a child because she told me i was...
    pixie270489 pixie270489
    Jul 13, 2010

    I Never Found Love

    I can't believe my little dream of finding Mr. Right and having children never happened. Life went too fast.  My mother was very cruel to me when I was growing up. I have so many psychological problems from it.  She was highly critical and accused me of things that were...
    beinganidiot beinganidiot
    2 Responses Sep 21, 2010

    Please Forgive Me

    please forgive me but this is the only place where I can vent and cry with other that know my pain . I think I'm loseing my mind I'm yelling at her and I know in my heart she ill but some times I swear she dose things just to **** me off no matter what I ask her to do she WILL...
    ravennite44 ravennite44
    46-50, T
    1 Response Oct 16, 2009

    This morning we are heading to Eastern State

    Hospital for one of my mom's treatment team meeting. My mom is a lot better than she was 4 years old. I am ready for her to come home and so is she. She has 48 hour passes that allows her to come home. They are Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday. On the weekday home visits...
    Sphinxkbngold24 Sphinxkbngold24
    26-30, F
    Nov 7, 2014

    she's so sick that I can't have people come

    over the house. living with her is like being trapt in her prison.
    gabbyxox gabbyxox
    18-21, F
    Jul 14, 2014

    It all started my sophomore year of high school.

    One of the worst years of my life (2006). I drank alcohol and smoked weed for the first time. I lost my virginity. Do I think this was due to the rebellion that I felt during this time? Probably and due to curiosity as well. The summer before sophomore year began, my brother and...
    KimberlyJoanne KimberlyJoanne
    22-25, F
    Jun 3, 2015

    Epileptic/brain Damaged Mom Has Basically Hit Rock Bottom.

    About 20 years ago (before I was born), my mother had brain cancer. After the cancer was gone, she was left with a brain injury, resulting in epileptic seizures. Back when I was very young (preschool age), she was a really normal stay at home mom! We would have little dance...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Aug 16, 2011

    I cannot stand this life anymore.

    All she does is emotionally abuse me, try to turn my family against me and lie. She be-littles me constantly. She is much nicer to me now that my teenage years when she would treat me like a dog. Calling me names and swearing at me constantly. I thought I grew out of those years...
    interested0001 interested0001
    36-40, F
    Jun 12, 2015

    Odd Mom, Guarded Life

    It was when I was just seven years old and I had survived yet another unwarranted beating that week that I realized my mom, just wasn't like all the other moms I had met. The others were kind, smiled, had a nice word or two and paid attention to their children at least in some...
    facelessforgetable facelessforgetable
    41-45, F
    1 Response Sep 10, 2013

    Great Sadness In My Heart

    I am a daughter of a mentally ill mom. She used to lock her self in her room and cry for hours. She used to yell at me when I would ask the stupidest things. She made my baby brother go to school when he smelled like skunk for weeks. She acts jealous of me and is never happy...
    meredithsmith2011 meredithsmith2011
    May 27, 2011

    I Want to Be Happy ...but My Mom's Illness Won't Let Me

    My mom has paranoid schizophrenia...no its not like how they portray schizophrenia on TV. She creates connections where there aren't any.  She is the center of her delusion.  When I was growing up no one explained to me what was wrong.  I saw my mom lose her...
    Taega2002 Taega2002
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Oct 3, 2009

    Driving Me Crazy!

    I love my mother, but she is driving me up the wall. Part of the problem is her inability to connect emotionally to me. I am 37, and my boyfriend passed away suddenly last year. When I came home, I expected her to show sympathy, instead she said "Oh good, I have someone to take...
    currentlyme currentlyme
    2 Responses Dec 1, 2012

    100% Dysfunctional Family...........

    Basically I am now a struggling 19 year old. I ran away from "home" at 16 because my father would beat me up occasionally and was very verbally abusive. He would get me against the wall soo close I could feel his breath as he would scream and hit me and pin me so I couldn't move...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 11, 2011

    despite my moms bipolar disorder she is one of

    the strongest ladies you will ever meet and im grateful for her and proud of her for fighting <3
    kinkystapler kinkystapler
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 1, 2015

    My "mom" I say that in quotes cause she has

    hurt me sooo much, and yet says that she is my mom. She just nagged to me today that I haven't bathed my rabbit, and the reason I haven't is because I feel achy. Achy is a symptom of depression, and she gave me depression cause she complains all of the time that she feels ill...
    intellegentme intellegentme
    26-30, F
    Feb 2

    Will I Regret Everything I'm Doing Now Later In Life?

    My mother loves me more than anything. I am the center of her universe and she does not have a whole lot going on. She is bi-polar and has had occasional psychotic breakdowns every few years since I can remember. These would involve episodes of delusions, calls to the police...
    greenteatoast greenteatoast
    26-30, F
    Jul 20, 2013

    My Mother

    My mom calls me 5-10 times in a row. There's a lot of screaming and accusations, she hangs up on me and then calls back to tell me she loves me. It's truly exhausting.
    Emmmmzy53 Emmmmzy53
    22-25, F
    Jan 18, 2013

    My Yearly Nightmare

    My mom was mentally unwell for as long as I can remember... Until today, I'm 22 years old, I still do not know what is the exact illness she is suffering from... Maybe because I never wanted to find out... I find her to be such an embarrassment... I don't invite friends home, don...
    Yingpurin Yingpurin
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 19, 2013

    My Mom Has Ptsd

    I'm 19 years old and currently live at home with my mom, stepdad, and 15 year old sister. My mom has debilitating post traumatic stress disorder from the death of her first husband (when she was hardly older than I am now) and the actions taken by the US military after the fact...
    laurend531 laurend531
    12 Responses Aug 7, 2011

    My Mom Is Mentally Ill And Crazy

    I really need some help, from someone in this situation. My mother has Post Tramtic Stress Disorder due to the trauma of a rare brain tumor, that not much is known about. She also is prescibed vicoden, which she is highly addicted to. A rehab doctor had told my friend whose mom...
    Killedsmile Killedsmile
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 26, 2013
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