I Grew Up With a Verbally Abusive Mother

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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
    18-21, M
    1 Response May 15, 2014

    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
    5 Responses Jul 29, 2011

    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
    8 Responses Nov 25, 2010

    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, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    2 Responses Jul 11, 2015

    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, 2015

    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
    114 Responses Mar 8, 2009

    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
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 31, 2015

    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
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Sep 8, 2014

    I am currently living with a verbally abusive

    mother and I can't stand her constant abuse. She has kicked me out, blocked me from talking to my family, and basically hates everyone who loves me. She calls me names and curses at me which makes me feel very insecure. I've told my father about this which resulted in therapy...
    olivijarvis olivijarvis
    16-17, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2015

    Living With An Emotionally Abusive Mother.

    I am 17 and will be 18 on Jan. 31 all my life I have stayed with my mother. There is 5 of us 3boys and 2 girls. I am the middle child but the oldest daughter. Growing up my mom never really cared for me or cared to spend time with me or give me the mother daughter bond that every...
    Tikarrag16 Tikarrag16
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Jan 23, 2012

    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...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Jul 7, 2011

    My Mother Was Very Abusive

    my mother was very abusive verbly and phyisically abused me and my sisters my twin sister hasnt forgiven my mother but i have to forgive her is to let my pain go and to hate her stll means i hold on to the pain, i wished i could get my sister to let the pain go and...
    lunnas lunnas
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Mar 22, 2009

    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
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Mar 5, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    Mar 25, 2015

    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
    5 Responses Nov 19, 2013

    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...
    deleted deleted
    20 Responses Dec 13, 2010

    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

    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

    I see people who has the ideal perfect

    relationship with their mother and I ask myself "why can't that be me"? I only have one parent so I want me and my mom too have a close relationship. But she doesn't want that. She have said she hates me and how she wish she had an abortion instead of me. They say an experience...
    Jackiec97 Jackiec97
    18-21, F
    Sep 19, 2015

    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

    well my mom, shes insane.

    today she threw Nail polish botlles at my head while i was facetiming my friend.I'm 11 years old at the moment.yes i am spoiled by my father who is never home, i have the iphone 6+, i have my own room.Yes, i am obsessed w/ the internet and get my phone taken away for it.. She...
    Ameera2000 Ameera2000
    18-21, F
    Mar 26, 2016

    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

    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

    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
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Feb 18, 2015

    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

    I tried my best to have normal conversations

    with my mother but she always loves to ridicule me. She always tells me how I am good for nothing son who "ain't making money like her doctor Uncle Jesus." She said that being an educator is a waste of time and money. I am trying my best to get my Teaching Credential soon. I...
    IronTager IronTager
    31-35, M
    1 Response Sep 20, 2015

    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
    67 Responses Jul 27, 2009

    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
    May 6, 2010

    I don't know why I feel like my mother never

    wanted me. I come from a family of 3 brothers and 1 sister. Two of my brothers and sister are from a past marriage and my mom treats them with the most respect always caters to them. But when it comes to me and my other brother its a different story she talks to us like we're a...
    xolovej xolovej
    26-30, F
    Dec 14, 2014

    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, 2015

    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

    It left so much pain in my heart actually

    but I don't want to hate her anyway cause I'm scared of her curse to be true. Hope I can grow my kids later in the future with kind words.
    AlianaLeeuwen AlianaLeeuwen
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 18, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 10, 2014

    My story is not much different then any of

    yours. We are all survivors. I am the oldest of 6 children. Never knew my father who passed away when I was 10. Grew up in and out of foster homes. My mother lead a very selfish life style. My mothers hobbies were drinking daily and men, many different men. Out of 6 children...
    lover4life33 lover4life33
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 9, 2014

    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...
    JustAnobodie JustAnobodie
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Apr 14, 2013


    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
    16 Responses Mar 7, 2009

    I'm just so ******* sad.

    I'm sad of being called worthless, fat, so ******* ugly, an idiot, good-for-nothing, a waste...I really am. Whenever I walk around in public, I'm scared. I'm scared that they're all judging me for being a fat stupid whale..and I don't want to feel like this.I don't want to feel...
    ShrimpShrimp ShrimpShrimp
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 19, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Aug 19, 2013

    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
    3 Responses Oct 31, 2012

    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
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 15, 2014

    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
    4 Responses Apr 26, 2009

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 20, 2014

    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
    10 Responses Apr 26, 2009

    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...
    26-30, M
    1 Response Sep 8, 2014


    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 21, 2012


    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
    4 Responses Apr 9, 2013
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