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I Had a Mentally Ill Mother

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    I Figured It Out Late In Life -  I have been touched by all of the stories in the group. I didn’t know that my mother was mentally ill, and even today I have no &ldquo...
    whenfamilyfails whenfamilyfails 61-65 3 Responses Aug 15, 2009

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    Life Cant Get Any Worse.., - hello friends ., i had experienced worse things in life in the aspects of finance(even though i could have been wealthier), education(even though i had...
    kirtkane kirtkane 22-25 Sep 26, 2012

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    My Dear Mother - My mother has been suffering from bipolar disorder for nearly 25 years and it's getting worse. My mother is now feeling,seeing, and having out of body experiences...
    Qmomma206 Qmomma206 26-30 Oct 21, 2012

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    Mom Was Sick - All I remember is my grandma always saying my Mom was sick.   She spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital. As I grew older I realized this...
    teye teye 36-40 2 Responses Jun 29, 2009

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    What Happened To My Mommy - I had one brother and one sister. I was the baby. I had both of my parents and we were your average, everyday, normal family. My dad worked and my mom...
    shellzz shellzz 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 4, 2013

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    We Love Our Mothers Unconditionally, But Where Do We Find The Strength To Not Want That In Return - where do I start?  I'm not looking for sympathy, just some support. ...
    texasdaughter texasdaughter 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 14, 2010

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    UGH - So much has and is going on with my mothers life. Yes, i understand that i should be caring and understanding but i can only handle so much. I hate at my moms house because...
    canonlyhandlesomuch canonlyhandlesomuch 18-21 1 Response Apr 2, 2013

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    Bi Polar Mommy - She can never talk in a calm manner it is always screams.. She was addicted to Meth and Rx pills she would crash out on the couch for days and wake up long enough...
    Voided Voided 22-25, F Apr 24, 2011

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    Living In The House Of Usher - As I type this she is lying once again in her bed with her head under the covers, it is only 2:00 p.m. and she has not been up even once today. Her...
    poesraven15 poesraven15 56-60 2 Responses Nov 4, 2010

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    Hopeless And Worthless.. - I have lived with a mother battling depression since I can remember. Living with such a situation has proven time and time again to be the most painful...
    esavvi esavvi 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 16, 2012

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    My Mother Is Ridiculous -     I have to say that I love my mother but I do NOT like her at all. She has always been selfish and self-involved and crazy. You could...
    Gotmusicinme Gotmusicinme 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 26, 2010

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    A Loner And His Mom - My longtime friend called me today and told me that he has polo practises near my house, we were really close , he was my friend from high school . Just like...
    vivekthenobody vivekthenobody 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 7, 2010

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    Pain - At least once a week I am deprived of sleep because my mom is yelling about her delusions about the neighbors, people from her and my fathers past, money etc. I cry everyday...
    tragicomedy tragicomedy 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2010

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    Schizoeffective - My mother suffers from schizo-effective disorder. For those unaware of the details of this mental abnormality it is thought to be a combination of schizophrenia...
    xsandyx3 xsandyx3 18-21, F Nov 16, 2013

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    My Mom On Pills -   For me, it all started one morning one morning back in 1994, when we were involved in a car accident.  It wasn't very bad, but it messed my mom's...
    aking25 aking25 22-25 2 Responses Aug 10, 2010

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    Stuck - I posted this in another group but felt it applied more here. Even as I sit typing, she goes on repeating the same vulgarities, "I can't do this. I can't do this. ****. I...
    lysergic lysergic 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 30, 2013

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    My Mom Is Bi Polar My Dad Is Schizophrenic - When I was 7 I had the choice. Go live with my uncle or Aunt. My mom was arrested in front of my 7 yr old eyes. Handcuffed...
    kayaonelove kayaonelove 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 10, 2009

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    Living With Mental Illness - I am surprised that no one else has shared this experience so I guess I will be the first. I guess I should start with some...
    endlessrain endlessrain 26-30, F 7 Responses Nov 9, 2008

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    I Wish I Had A Normal Mother - Now that I am a mother, I realize how abnormal my life was, and continues to be, with mine. She is so so sick. Twenty plus years ago, when I still...
    MaureenOHara MaureenOHara 41-45 1 Response Jul 30, 2013

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    My Mom Is The Bravest Mom In The Whole World. - Everyone is writing about how horrible their mother was. Mine wasn't, and still isn't. She was just very broken and sick. I always...
    Experienceprojectgirl14 Experienceprojectgirl14 13-15, F Apr 13, 2013

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    My Mother Is Mentally Ill...But I Value My Quality Of Life - I am lucky. I had a father who is normal. And what I mean by normal is that although he's a heart patient, his mind...
    NolaDarling NolaDarling 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 21, 2012

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    Maybe if its a nightmare, i just have to wake up- my dad was in jail for two years which made my whole family really depressed, specially my mother and myself. My two older sister...
    Justbreatheba Justbreatheba 16-17, F Apr 7

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    Why Me - Living through these things is difficult. I too know what it's like to parentified so young. I made my escape a little over a year ago and haven't turned back. I finally...
    RLDryden RLDryden 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2013

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    My Mother Is Severely Depressed - HI I am living the worst life, l live with mentally ill mother who suffers a sever depression she is not responding to me like i am talking to my...
    wassal wassal 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 18, 2013

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    She Ruined My Life - The day before my brother left for college he picked me up on his shoulders and brought me in his room. This was very exciting for me because I was never...
    nevergoingtoforgive nevergoingtoforgive 16-17 6 Responses Dec 22, 2012

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    The woman who raised me was mentally ill. I didn't know this until I was an adult. This is partly what made the effects of her parenting, her energy, and her spirit so devastating...
    elenaonline elenaonline 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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    I Feel Like I'm Dying - She's been suffering from schizo and bipolar disorders since I was 11. (I'm 18 now) Throughout the years, she has been in and out of mental institutes...
    leavethislabyrinth leavethislabyrinth 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 4, 2013

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    Good News!! - My adopted mother is bipolar and can be just like Satan. I grew up being extremely abused by her till I was 11 years old.I'm not going to go into details but the last...
    TinytifferCA TinytifferCA 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2012

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    And I Don'T Think I Hate Her Anymore. - I don't think I knew anything was wrong with my mom until I started school, and met other people's moms. I couldn't believe how.. nice they...
    Ikid Ikid 22-25 5 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    She's Dangerous - When she was a late-teenager, my bipolar mother stabbed her brother. Once she stabbed him with a tent stake. Once she permanently injured his back. Once she ran...
    PennsylvaniaPenny PennsylvaniaPenny 22-25, F Nov 18, 2012

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    Hateful! - My mother is a manipulative, lying, sick individual. She will never get any help for herself - she puts herself in situations with people that don't really know her well...
    motherhatesmeagain motherhatesmeagain 36-40 6 Responses Jul 3, 2011

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    Falsely Accused By My Mentally Ill Mother - I have been mentally abused by my mentally ill alcoholic mother for years. When she was diagnosed and was given her monthly check, i...
    peachesdaughter peachesdaughter 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 27, 2013

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    The Hardest Thing To Deal With In Life.... - ...Is a mentally ill mother. I'm at a dead end. Actually, I don't know if she has a mental illness, but it's hard to otherwise find an...
    marmar13 marmar13 26-30 2 Responses Oct 4, 2012

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    So I just dropped my college course. I'm devastated and feel like a failure but I couldn't go on any longer with the way I feel mentally. I was missing too much time and studying...
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    My mother was an abusive mother. And she still is. Im today 33 and i realized some years ago that i went thruh emotional abuse. It started as i was 7 and i remember she was...
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    Voices speak in my head, I'm depressed more than half of the time, I'm negative, I don't have any real friends, I see things that aren't there, I have delusions and "false" beliefs...
    Lily111 Lily111 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 21

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    He lived in Europe and I in the US. We fell madly in love, and were in a long distance relationship for 2.5 yrs before I finally was strong enough to break it off. He was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 27

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    Most people don't understand mental health and what's it's like living with a mental illness. The day to day battle you have a go through just to do the smallest of tasks. People...
    leon789 leon789 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My boyfriend's mother "thinks" she hates me. I write "thinks" because I suspect it is not me she hates. She has hated every women her son has been with. She has been the cause of...
    pipadm pipadm 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    I Live With a Mentally ILL Parent
    DiffrentDrummer DiffrentDrummer 36-40, F Mar 17

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    I feel like I'm about to have a mental break down, I'm starting a new job Sunday, yes I'm excited, over the mood. All that jazz. Yet my heads been ****** for months, I battle...
    YellowLilyPad YellowLilyPad 18-21, F Apr 3

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    My mother lied to me my whole youth about who my father was. I was told my father was my mother’s first husband. Meanwhile my mother married my step father when I was just 20...
    dwc294 dwc294 46-50, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Yes, I sometimes do. I sometimes, but only some times, want to have an illicit affair, with all of the things that comes with this. And when I say this, of course, because it is me...
    Lgl700 Lgl700 51-55, M 13 hrs ago

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    I'm a young, single mum to be. I have been single for about 2-3 months now. I was in a long term relationship and lived with him. Long story short, he is 20 and I'm 16, he was very...
    ProudTeenMummy2013 ProudTeenMummy2013 16-17, F 24 Responses Apr 8

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    Names changed for privacy. Valentines day 2013 I was on a Facebook game and met Sandra. I was single and she was going through separation. We really hit it off chatting for...
    ciao8585 ciao8585 26-30, M 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    Cold: Every since I was a kid I never understood why my mother treated me so badly. She wouldn't hug me kiss me comfort me say I love you, every time I tried to show affection she...
    mutherlesschild mutherlesschild 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 27

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    I guess to understand the full depth of my story, it's best to start at the very beginning It all started when I turned 7. Up until that age, I has a great family. My mom and dad...
    heartsofgold22 heartsofgold22 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    I want to give you a brief into my story - I tried to explain yesterday but just got all muddled as I am still struggling with this. I have a boyfriend & I completely adore him and...
    SYWlittlebutterfly SYWlittlebutterfly 22-25, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    My mother, who was physically and mentally abusive when I was a child, hasn’t spoken to me for 16 years and has had nothing to do with her three grandsons who are now grown. They...
    writer109 writer109 51-55, F Mar 27

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    When i was born, i was given the name Reign, my parents gave me the worst name ever. Thanks to them, i suffered so much bullying and hurtfulness and I would like to tell you my...
    Lostmydreamstothem8 Lostmydreamstothem8 22-25 Mar 17

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    My mother was very mentally abusive to me and my brother growing up. She was physically and mentally abused by her stepfather growing up and in turn treated my younger brother and...
    NYSPANKER NYSPANKER 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 27