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I Am a Daughter of a Mentally Ill Mom

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    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 26-30 1 Response Aug 16, 2011

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    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

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    Where Would We Be Without Our Mothers

     My Mother was a neurotic and perhaps a touch on the psychotic side too. She had a well intentioned heart though, but just like folks say..." the road to hell is paved with good intentions", coincidentally my Ma used to coin this phrase quite often. Perhaps it was...
    sportygurly sportygurly 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 24, 2009

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    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 41-45 1 Response Jul 13, 2010

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    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

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    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 56-60 2 Responses Sep 21, 2010

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    Growing Up With Mom

    I was born after WWII in Berlin Germany. My mom had gone through horrible things in the war besides scars from her childhood.  It made her pretty mentally ill.  She had such a need to feel important and to have control.  She pretended to be a nurse and dress up as...
    bridgetnight bridgetnight 56-60 1 Response Oct 11, 2008

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    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

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    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 26-30 2 Responses Dec 11, 2011

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    Struggle

    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

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    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 18-21, F Dec 16, 2013

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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

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    Help Me With This Please

    Im 17 and have a mom who is epileptic and(in my opinion) bipolar. She is so nice to me at times and then other times shes yelling in my face. I have a boyfriend who she hates,, and i recently told her we broke up after a bad fight. I never ended up breaking up with him and...
    sunnystar002 sunnystar002 16-17 Jun 17, 2011

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    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 41-45 2 Responses Nov 6, 2011

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    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 3 Responses Jul 14, 2011

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    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

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    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

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    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 4 Responses May 18, 2012

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    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 36-40 1 Response Dec 1, 2012

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    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 46-50 3 Responses Oct 1, 2012

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    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

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    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 31-35 4 Responses May 13, 2009

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    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 18-21 10 Responses Aug 7, 2011

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    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

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    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 16-17, F Jul 14

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    I Don't Know Her Anymore...

    When I was four, my mother tried to kill herself. I remember. It was probably the single most frightening experience of my childhood, and for many years afterwards, I was haunted my night terrors where my mom would be killed, or commit suicide. She spent time in a mental hospital...
    lsbutterfly18 lsbutterfly18 18-21 Jun 25, 2011

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    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

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    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 16-17, F Oct 15

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    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 16-17 4 Responses May 16, 2012

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    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...
    DANSINGDIANE DANSINGDIANE 56-60 1 Response May 8, 2011

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2013

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    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 22-25, F Jul 20, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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 5 Responses Jan 5

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    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 31-35 1 Response May 27, 2011

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    Mom?

    I am little. 4 or 5. I am screaming. I don't want a haircut, I don't like short hair. You lean over and backhand me with all of your might. Your mother nods in approval in the next chair. I am 6. I am struggling to read out loud (though I do it just fine to myself). You are...
    WhoAmI613 WhoAmI613 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 3, 2013

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    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

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    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..
    SweetRose22 SweetRose22 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 12

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    Related Experiences

    FYI I'm not making fun i love being around mentally ill people they're usually so happy and i love to help them. i have a mentally ill step sister Anyway a guy thought I was "slow...
    bigca1697 bigca1697 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 16

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    Sometimes I don't know what is real and what is not real. When I first realized she hears voices, it was really hard. I realized a lot of things I believed had happened to her...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 Sep 28

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    The depression is the worst It makes my drawings look like **** I feel like ****. God why would anyone brag about an illness? All I feel is shame. I wish I had more energy to do...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It is a very hard thing to deal with day in and day out. He can be very sweet, and helpful, or he can be a mean SOB. I feel bad that he has to live with this horrible illness...
    1SpunkyWoman 1SpunkyWoman 31-35, F Oct 14

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    I am autistic, bipolar, have moderate depression and asexual and a hispanic female who doesn't look white. There's a lot riding against me. I'm not saying I've given up but I am...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F Sep 28

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    Its something I live with on a daily basis. But its not something the defines me as a person. I have quite a few things 'wrong' with me. But they are what makes me me and in...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M Oct 16

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    A big question ! I say no ! Just anxious because of my long denial and hiding of my true gay identity
    JoshM1974 JoshM1974 36-40, M 1 day ago

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    It was another uneventful function at my uncle's home. A lot of female relatives were present there. One of the guests was a close friend of my mother as they had taught together...
    priyankapatel131089 priyankapatel131089 22-25, F Oct 6

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    I am becoming ill again. It has been going on for some time. The paranoia is getting out of hand and the depression is getting a grip. If it was not for my sons I would gladly be...
    Eggyegg Eggyegg 46-50, F 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    Since I was little I had a huge fear of talking to people. I'd always been labelled 'shy' by people. I always thought it was shyness that I couldn't talk to people out of fear...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45, T 10 hrs ago

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    Dear moms, i am going through a really tough time and any advice at all is welcome. I have a beautiful, smart, affectionate daughter. I love her so much. Saturday was her 5th bday...
    kemmer kemmer 31-35, F Oct 6

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    At the park with my 4 ur old daughter she has such emagination always i joyous her time playing pretend with mommy it's fantastic to see my daughter explore and in joy her time. I...
    Janisoneluv Janisoneluv 26-30, F Oct 9

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    I love my mom but, loving her is hard. I think she is psychotic and it's driving me insane. I feel like she hurts me more than anyone else ever has or ever could. The only solution...