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I Grew Up In A Disfunctional Family

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    You Couldn't Make This Sort Of Stuff Up! - I'm not gonna get all negative on you. I'm a happy, healthy mum of two who is on EP when I should be doing the housework. Its my day...
    est941 est941 41-45, F 6 Responses Mar 15, 2010

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    My Mom Doesn'T Want To Listen To Me - I try to talk to my mom and only half the time does she listen to me even If I am telling her about my crush or something she only half...
    missangela2013 missangela2013 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 4, 2013

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    Scared - Before I turned eight, I don't remember much. Maybe the occasional memory surfaced of the screams from my mother and the crying of me as a preschooler every morning as...
    Ninjastar19 Ninjastar19 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 27, 2012

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    Raising My Brothers - I was the oldest child & the only girl. I was responsible for me younger brothers. if they did something wrong i would get in trouble for it. they would only...
    beyourself789 beyourself789 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 16, 2012

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    I Love My Dysfunctional Family - My family isn't the best at times but other times they are brilliant. When I was four my parents split up and my sister and I moved in with our mum...
    LibranGirl LibranGirl 26-30, F 1 Response May 10, 2011

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    Getting With The Program - I have seen many out-of-control kids over the years. How sad for their families, their neighbors, classmates, the community--but mostly for themselves...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 2, 2013

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    Disfunctional? Try Chaotic. - My life's pretty much been chaotic from the time I exited the womb. Growing up, my dad had quite a temper. He would fly into these rages, often...
    UnspokenWords UnspokenWords 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 30, 2009

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    Keys - I had just the one key, on a string around my neck like all the other latchkey kids. Didn't anyone know we would need the other keys? The ones that unlock social...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Feb 24, 2013

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    Will Smith's Words Gave Me Hope: - As someone who grew up without the ability to depend on their parents to teach them the ways of life. I was forced to find a new teacher. I can...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Sep 11, 2012

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    Should I let my Daddy back into my heart? I'm having a hard time here~ Caught between conflicts~ Basically my family's complicated in some ways~ I've had to deal with it alone...
    ElaineLovesSmiles ElaineLovesSmiles 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    I Will Be Amorphous About My History - People don't seem to quite understand that by going by preconceptions and appearances makes one seem truly blind. I am seventeen years old...
    CSeth CSeth 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 18, 2011

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    My parents who abused me as a kid are old now and they have no means of supporting themselves anymore. I am forced to support them now because they will die of hunger as they have...
    againstdaflow againstdaflow 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 5

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    I Could Not Take The Abuse Any Longer, Got A Job Out Of My Home Town, And Left When I Was Only 17; When I Informed My Principal That I Was Not Be Attending My Graduation Ceremony...
    Russ6969 Russ6969 41-45 Apr 2, 2012

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    I Am A Surviver!!! - It's weird, when I was between a child and a teenager, I really thought that I had a great family.  I thought this because stepdad had a good job...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 6 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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    Didnt Realize It Was Dysfunctional Until I Was Older.... - My father had the kind of temper that made you cower and cry. Of course my brother had mental health issues which gave...
    needaffection28 needaffection28 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 14, 2011

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    Is Disfunctional The New Functional? - So my family life pretty much sucked from the day I left the womb.  I pretty much grew up knowing that I could never please my mother...
    jaded523 jaded523 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2009

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    Didn't We All? -  My folks split when I was 5 ... before that there was lots of fighting and bickering between them.... lived with my mother.... My mother ended up being a...
    RighteousGirl RighteousGirl 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 28, 2009

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    Family Hate - I was 13 when my dad died. a week after the funeral my mother was sleeping with most of my dads single friends or divorced friends.  She was setting an...
    Micayla Micayla 61-65, F 9 Responses Nov 28, 2009

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    Now I Can See - I have to think about things for awhile, or maybe write about things, to really get an understanding of the issue. I suppose that's due to the "don't think, don't...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Mar 14, 2013

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    Strange That I Am In This Group - People do have a higher opinion of you considering the type of job that you are doing. Your lifestyle etc tells a lot about you. But, little do...
    HardingP119 HardingP119 36-40, M Mar 25, 2013

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    The Ghost In My Mothers House - yesterday the ghost in my mothers house washed our dishes and cleaned our rooms, made my bed the week before that it knocked on the window my mom's...
    Phasmid Phasmid 18-21, F Jun 27, 2011

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    It's A Terrible Cycle I Should Have Watched More Carefully - My parents are a royal mess. My brother and I see it everyday when we look at them. Our father is bipolar and between...
    V8fusion V8fusion 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 5, 2010

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    Weekends At The Local Bar -- Or As My Parents Called It -- Spending Quality Time With The Kids... - The CactusThe OasisThe CorralThe Driftwood InnTom'sLittle ItalyWhen I think of...
    CakeEater57 CakeEater57 51-55, F Apr 28, 2012

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    How Do I Help My Brother? - Far as I can tell, my folks' divorce had a lasting impact on my brother (and me, of course), which seems to be more devastating as we grow older. Now...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Oct 21, 2013

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    Normal - Everything seems normal till you find out it's not. Then comes bewilderment, astonishment, anger at the unfairness, resignation, cluelessness, panic-- a whirlwind of...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 15, 2013

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    "the Perfect Family" - I grew up with my grandparents until I was three, when my mother came, and took me away. It felt like the first time I had met her, and my dad...
    pixiedust27 pixiedust27 22-25 1 Response Aug 18, 2011

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    Extremely Dysfunctional. - I grew up in an extremely dysfunctional family. My parents divorced when I was five years old, and my father had been cheating on my mother. When my...
    KatLeroux KatLeroux 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2009

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    Money Doesnt Make Pain Go Away... - I know that most my stories now have been about my depressing father, but getting this out is the only thing that makes me feel like someone...
    Virtis Virtis 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 21, 2012

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    Parents are divorced since I was 10. I'm an only child too. I've lived with my mom and grandparents since then. I'm 20y old now. Asian culture, so i wouldn't move out till i'm...
    milttocs milttocs 18-21, M Jan 17

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    Why Don't You Like Me Daddy? - “Why Don’t You Like Me, Daddy?” is a courageous story about the cause and effects of physical and verbal child abuse. The cause is most likely...
    cffarmercarl cffarmercarl 51-55, M Jun 27, 2012

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    My Room Was Where I Always Was. - Growing up my father was almost always at work.(He was overworked and underpaid!) He was an achoholic who would have occaisonal flashbacks and...
    Tara277 Tara277 26-30, F May 23, 2012

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    Break Away - i grew up in one,but im not gonna write all the horrible details,everyone in this group has their own horrible memories they dont need mine,im writing to say to all...
    annaleestarr annaleestarr 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    I Don't Know Why I Bother Anymore - My parents have even more mental problems than I do. My mom fell out of love with my dad after having two kids, then stayed with him and had...
    Phasmid Phasmid 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 9, 2010

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    Stress..... - My biological mother just called me and started complaining that she hates her parents, my grandparents. This is the second time in three days that she has done this...
    Athlete2012 Athlete2012 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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    I Grew Up....thinking It's My Fault - I grew up with a child molester. My father and all my uncles at one time or another molested me. My father was the worst one of all. Everyone...
    nighyamoon nighyamoon 51-55 2 Responses Dec 10, 2011

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    Chaos - Even in all the chaos i found peace. Disfunctional or not i could find ways to be happy. My favorite toy growing up was going outside in the dirt to just dig holes. Who...
    Arorin Arorin 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 21, 2010

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    My mom is bulimic, my dad is an alcoholic and drug addict, my step mom is a prostitute, my step dad is a sex addict, my brother is a former drug addict, my sister was a...
    babykaykez19 babykaykez19 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    In ways, I kind of wish I could be more like my Grandpa. He was the glue to our dysfunctional family. Doesn't matter who stole, abused, used, or disrespected.... He always wanted...
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