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I Grew Up With a Verbally Abusive Mother

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    My Mother Stole My Childhood

    It's sad that all my childhood experiences which are supposed to be happy and pleasant, like road trips, holidays and birthdays, are extremely depressing for me. I don't know why, every one of those times the abuse got worse. My mom would be especially volatile not only towards...
    TiffanyHepburn TiffanyHepburn 22-25, F 12 Responses Apr 6, 2012

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    Mother's Day Is Looming Large ...

    Wondering if any of you have spent time picking through Mother's Day cards, yet can't seem to find one what truly expresses your feelings ? Well, for years I have - then usually end up allowing my frustration with the process to cause me to just grab one and go. It has...
    CalicoSilver CalicoSilver 51-55, M 1 Response May 6, 2010

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    I'm currently 15 and my mother hates me.

    My father is the only real person I can talk to and connect with. My father and I are extremely close but he is my step father. My actual dad left when I was born. My step father doesn't have custody of me so by law I can't live with him and he can't see me. My mother only yells...
    cajunboy46 cajunboy46 16-17, M 1 Response May 15, 2014

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    Impossible Or Challenging?

    I will not hate her... Impossible as it may appear, impossible as it may be something quite crazy dawned upon me this morning. That I will not hate her. I understand this woman has this need to be hated because she hates herself so much and i probably represent whatis closest to...
    KK888 KK888 31-35 Aug 20, 2013

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    Ashamed

    For the longest time I hid my face behind my hair because I thought I was ugly. I wore a jacket every day to school because I thought I was fat. I would never take it off no matter how hot it was. I believed this was true because of my mother and sister. I had low self esteem and...
    Dezaria Dezaria 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 21, 2012

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    I just realized my mother is using me.

    She used to just call me names and yell and cuss at me, and I always new she was obsessed with her money but I never thought it would go this far. I'm about to go to college and she's helping me pay for it. I know she doesn't have to do this and I'm grateful she is willing to...
    vchavez7 vchavez7 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 11

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    I came across this site

    while searching for answers to my own question of whether or not I should maintain a relationship with my mother. After reading the stories of others and relating so closely with them, I decided to share my story in hopes that by talking about it, I would be able to put it all...
    ChildrenOfTheScorn ChildrenOfTheScorn 31-35, M 4 Responses Mar 5

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    I really feel sorry to see

    that some people don't have living mothers or their mom was on drugs or had issues and took it out on then. GOD bleed you guys and may he take care of you.
    sashakimi3 sashakimi3 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 10, 2014

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    Feeling Undermined

    My mother was beautiful, witty, charming, intellegent - but mentally cruel. I was her favourite daughter until I was 12 and started to rebel, and say what I really thought. She was pretty lethal, critical in the extreme, unsupportive, uninterested in anyone who didn't serve her...
    javeachica javeachica 61-65, F 33 Responses Dec 13, 2010

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    Keep At It. Your Day Is Comin..

    it took many strides and struggles to get to this place but if anyone ever feels down or not going to make it. know that there is a pot of gold that sits and bestows upon you all great wishes and wealth of good fortune if you just keep at it and know that your not alone. that...
    goldenview goldenview 31-35 8 Responses Nov 25, 2010

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    Im growing up with one

    and its really getting tough..Is there anyone out there that is willing to talk to me.Too much is going on:(
    SammyLautner SammyLautner 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 15, 2014

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    Was She Really Verbally Abusive?

    I've tried to figure out for awhile now whether my mother was really verbally abusive when I was a kid or not. Sometimes I think she was. Sometimes I think I was just too sensitive. Many times she was kind and loving. She spoiled me at times. Other times she would seem to...
    SomeoneOutThere SomeoneOutThere 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 22, 2013

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    Love To Hate In A Flash

    I am now in my late twenties, far from my mother. However, I grew up with my mother as an only child. My father lives in another town, and is unfortunately also emotionally abusive to those around him... I guess they found something in common when they got together :)). Basically...
    orlikha orlikha 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    My mother has always been verbally (sometimes

    physically) abusive, manipulate woman. However, I don't blame her for that since she obviously has mental disorders yet she has never accepted profesional help. I'm only sad that I can't love her, all I feel is this common sense of respect, knoweledge and duty to take care of...
    BlindFate BlindFate 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 31, 2014

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    I Grew Up With A Verbally Abusive Mother

    Since I have been very young, my mother and I have had a love/hate relationship. While as I have gotten older I have found more strength in myself, I still find myself insecure, anxious, and closed-off at times emotionally, unable to express feelings. I never expressed feelings...
    thespark01 thespark01 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 19, 2013

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    It's really remarkable to find

    so many people who I can relate too. My mother has been emotionally, physically, and verbally abusing me since I was a small child. I don't have any siblings, and she was never married to my father, so he was kind of out of the pictures. My earliest memories of abuse often...
    WeOnlyHaveNow WeOnlyHaveNow 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    Am I Evil?

    I feel like strangling her sometimes. She yells all the time, she is mad at everyone all the time...if i dare answer back it could turn ugly. She verbally, physically and mentally abuses all of us, me my sister and even my dad. She wont commit she has a problem, no...its us. We...
    kanukul kanukul 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 1, 2013

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    So I ran away a couple days ago,

    and they made me come back home (they= police & family). They said they were gonna change and so far nothings changed. I am leaving when I turn 17 whether they like it or not, they cannot make me stay. I am done with my mother telling me that I am a mean and ugly *****. She says...
    nomnommings nomnommings 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 18

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    I remember starting to notice the difference

    between my mother and other's when I was 11. Her bad mood was made known by talking down at us at any moment. Any time I was to do something, it was an order, never a request. Any sign of refusal was led into a cursing rant of how ungrateful etc. I was as a child. As I got older...
    poodahpop poodahpop 22-25, T 3 Responses Mar 11

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    Yeah Fine I Am Worthless.

            My mom was somewhat great when it comes to her responsibilities. She never lets the house dirty. She always attends all the family need but not my emotional need. I feel like she doesn't even care. When I was young she never let me go out and socialize. She wants me...
    mariadolce mariadolce 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 7, 2011

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    Just Can't Trust Her

     My mother has been verbally abusing me since I was very young. She still does it. You'd think that now we're both adults she would have learned to respect me as another human being. Nope. She's even more abusive now than before.  She's been telling me I was a loser and not...
    4vrUnique 4vrUnique 46-50 68 Responses Jul 27, 2009

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    Being told by my mother

    that I was selfish & worse since I was a pre-teen damaged me... Made me believe my own happiness wasn't worth a damn (even though I could never make her happy either). Every time something went right for me, she made me feel like I was being selfish for having it! I love my mom...
    Elayla Elayla 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 8, 2014

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    I just turned 40 and I didn't realize the

    longterm effects of having a mother that is verbally and emotionally abusive. I have 2 sisters, one older and one younger, so I fall right in the middle, the balance. I have been the scapegoat for my mother's guilting, blame displacement and harassment for decades. In 2009 I...
    Newmoonstar74 Newmoonstar74 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 9, 2014

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    My mom always wanted a girl,

    and a girl I am...but as i grew up all i remember is that she would always yell. Every time you didn't do something her way you were automatically a stupid idiot c*nt a** bi***. Sure she took me on cool vacations and got me a new car but what is the point if every vacation and...
    dance4609 dance4609 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 23

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    Thank God She Is Dead!

    I finally told my brother that I didn't want to talk to my mother ever again.  After 45 years, I had had enough of her abuse.  I told him I didn't want to hear about it until after she died.  He told her (stupid) and she had a hissy fit.  That was in December. The doctors...
    ladygodiva110 ladygodiva110 41-45, F 6 Responses Jul 29, 2011

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    I know I'm going to fail my exam tomorrow

    and all those after it because I haven't revised enough because my brain won't work properly! And the worst thing is... I literally couldn't care less. I've given up caring. I just want to escape and feel better and smile for once. I keep crying and flinching and scratching and...
    CandleLitApple CandleLitApple 18-21, F May 14

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    Today

    My mom verbally and emotionally abused me. She is made up of a roller coaster of emotions and everyday I come home worried if I'm going to say something to make her yell. She doesn't always call me a ***** or something...it's more like word that REALLY hurt. Like 'spoiled...
    Laylabeandip Laylabeandip 16-17 4 Responses Apr 9, 2013

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    Yes She Was.

    She had 4 sons and a dead beat husband and a whole lot to put up with. So I guess it was allowed.
    Thevy29 Thevy29 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 6, 2013

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    My mother is so evil.

    I can't even say I love her anymore. The older I got, the more the abuse worsened. I try so hard to please her. I do not go out unless it's to my boyfriend's house, I do not smoke, I do not drink, I do not do any illegal drugs. I am not allowed to get a job, unless I pay 60...
    kyraisakitty kyraisakitty 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 10, 2013

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    Sometimes I think it'd be easier to say she's

    dead then to explain to people she just doesn't want me any more
    ForeverDenyingIt ForeverDenyingIt 13-15, F Jul 15

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    I'm Building a Bunker With One Thousand Balconies...

    Yes, I am. Well, it's also true: I haven't money enough to live alone, to rent a tiny flat just for myself... and I doubt I'll be able to do so at least in the near future....but, there's good news: I had understood that, nevertheless, four material walls can't protect...
    H2O2 H2O2 41-45 4 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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    There'S Not Title, It'S About Who I Am.

    I really enjoyed reading your stories and all the responses. Isn't the funniest part of our situations when you go to a friends house in high school and your shocked with the kindness of your friends mothers. In a very sad way, for me that was the best part about going to my...
    haggas haggas 46-50, M Feb 1, 2013

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    The Pain

    She was a cold women. That's how I could describe it. I didn't ever understand what went wrong, what memories are missing to her horribleness, or what goodness compelled me to cry when she passed away. When i was little from my earliest memories I remember her being gentle and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 21, 2013

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    I don't know if this counts

    as emotional abuse but my mum and I have very similar tempers and are prone to blowing up on each other. Every time I don't listen to her she goes of on long rants about all my faults and tells me how lazy, ungrateful and irresponsible I am. I've tried to talk to her about the...
    dandelion15291 dandelion15291 18-21, F Mar 25

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    Anti-mothers

    I'm a resourceful, ingenuous, brave, strong and brilliant person... who always felt helpless and miserable deep inside, and keeps feeling that way because I've been treated as and inferior and despicable piece of meat since my childhood. Each and...
    H2O2 H2O2 41-45 16 Responses Mar 7, 2009

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    I am now 23 years old.

    I thought it was a good idea to seek out my biological mother the moment I had turned 18. I eventually found her, started talking to her. At first she seemed amazing, comforting, smart, and intelligent. As time passed she became abusive to me. Constantly putting me down in many...
    TRVPiiN TRVPiiN 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 8, 2014

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    I Let Go Of The Hate

    Ive never had a '' loving relationship '' with my mother. I grew up mainly with with my grandma because my mum did not want to take responsibly for me. To her, i was a burden and not a joy, and to me, my childhood was something i survived, rather than experienced. I think back to...
    DiesSomnium DiesSomnium 31-35 4 Responses Oct 31, 2012

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    Still Struggling At 52

    I am 52 years old and still seek my.mothers approval...she always criticized me but my.only sibling a brother..was.king...Just this week she told me that I make her sick..I was always told I was fat..talk to much..cant keep a secret...I am a "segal" (my fathers last name). I have...
    jodisjewels jodisjewels 51-55, F 2 Responses Sep 14, 2013

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    Things She's Told Me (in No Particular Order)

    "We didn't want you" "Well, obviously you were a mistake." "What did you do to drive him off?" (After I was abandoned by my father at 7) "Look at yourself. Who would want that?" "Why are you so fat?" "Beauty is all about bone structure. I have perfect bone structure, and a nice...
    cephaloscotti cephaloscotti 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 22, 2011

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    Betrayed and Abused Verbally By Mom

    My story is like a lot of others, I know, Im 49 now, but I still cant help feeling jealous of others who have great relationships with their moms, every once in a while.  I grew up in the late 1960's most of the 1970's in Southern California.  A memory...
    merijoe merijoe 46-50 10 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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    Competitive, Jealous, Abusive

    Sadly the word mother is meant to be an expression of Love, nurturing, guidance and security. But mine manifested the opposite.... No matter how much i longed for her love and affection all i got was abuse and rejection and criticism. The wounds are so deep but its time to really...
    KK888 KK888 31-35 6 Responses Aug 19, 2013

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    So today, she continuously called me disgusting

    in front of a lot of people. I'm certain that she knows what she's doing because I've confronted her about it before. The more she says things like this, the more I start to believe it
    Lindy97 Lindy97 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 20, 2014

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    Emotional Abuse and Neglect By My Mother

    My life has been severely affected by how my mother treated me growing up. I'm 40 now, but to this day I still have problems that I can relate back to my childhood. I was subjected to emotional abuse in many different forms. I was often criticised, belittled, made fun of...
    IndigoPeachblossom IndigoPeachblossom 36-40, F 117 Responses Mar 8, 2009

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    I will always love my mom.

    Sometimes it can be hard to express that love for her when she drinks herself to sleep every night and lashes out every morning but I firmly believe that everyone deserves a second chance. Just because I don't live with her doesn't mean I can't help her. She is my mother and I...
    SwooshZero SwooshZero 18-21, F May 15, 2014

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    Everything is your fault,

    mother. Don't you think that giving birth to a child at age of 44 is too old? Especially when you're applying these bronchioles ear machine because you're literally almost deaf, ever since I can recall. You're to blame, for not being there for me when I was a toddler, being the...
    MissMachine00 MissMachine00 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    It Never Stops

    im 19 and living at home because I dont have any way to get into college, idk if i even have any talents for a career. If i showed my mother a drawing, she'd insult it. same with a story, a song, a picture, etc. I gave up ever sharing any thing with her after 14. She loves my..