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I Had a Mentally Ill Mother

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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 stayed at home with us kids. It couldn't have gotten any better. I was nine. My sister was eleven making my brother sixteen. My...
    shellzz shellzz 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 4, 2013

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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 from some unknown entity. From an early age I have assumed responsibility. She was always a great mother growing up...
    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 was the mental hospital.  It explained the bars on the windows.     She was manic depressed and had...
    teye teye 36-40 2 Responses Jun 29, 2009

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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 back and neck up.  At that moment, our life changed forever.  Our mom had to have back and neck surgery, and...
    aking25 aking25 22-25 2 Responses Aug 10, 2010

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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.  I have learned that how we feel is how we feel, period.  We can not choose our parents.  Mine were married 39 years, but only a few were good.  My dad was mentally and physically...
    texasdaughter texasdaughter 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 14, 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 and bipolar disorder. She has been diagnosed many times but due to the nature of her ailment she continues to go...
    xsandyx3 xsandyx3 18-21, F Nov 16, 2013

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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 for me. What this woman robbed the most from me were connections to other people. She consciously or unconsciously stole relationships from...
    elenaonline elenaonline 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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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 and lies like nothing I've ever seen before. It's AMAZING that she's so good at it. She keeps her friends...
    motherhatesmeagain motherhatesmeagain 36-40 6 Responses Jul 3, 2011

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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 lived at home, I'd make excuses for her behavior; even when she'd wake me up in the middle of the night to wash blood off the floor...
    MaureenOHara MaureenOHara 41-45 1 Response Jul 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 and put into the back seat of a police car. I will never forget it. She flipped out again. That is how I knew it. Flipped out. She...
    kayaonelove kayaonelove 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 10, 2009

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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 him over with a snowmobile. They weren't rich; they were Pennsylvania mountain folk. There was no recompense for these...
    PennsylvaniaPenny PennsylvaniaPenny 22-25, F Nov 18, 2012

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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 house looks as though someone opened the roof and dumped a years worth of garbage, old clothes and an assortment of useless odds...
    poesraven15 poesraven15 56-60 2 Responses Nov 4, 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 and suffered major depression because of low self esteem that rooted from my mother never being around and...
    tragicomedy tragicomedy 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2010

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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, staying there for 1-2 months each time, but every time she leaves, she refuses to go back for follow up treatment, so her...
    leavethislabyrinth leavethislabyrinth 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 4, 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 knew my mom was different, she would get up in the night, have anxiety attacks and I remember ever since I was a little child, being carried around...
    Experienceprojectgirl14 Experienceprojectgirl14 13-15, F Apr 13, 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 allowed in his room. He sat me down and started asking me how i felt about my mom. I didn't really under my feelings or the...
    nevergoingtoforgive nevergoingtoforgive 16-17 6 Responses Dec 22, 2012

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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 she always yells at me. She makes me feel guilty for leaving her alone. I was adapted into a family and i...
    canonlyhandlesomuch canonlyhandlesomuch 18-21 1 Response Apr 2, 2013

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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 every school geek to rebelious teen , i too made allot of friends but no close freinds. My best friend who have been...
    vivekthenobody vivekthenobody 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 7, 2010

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    She's NOT Human - You know,

    given how many times my mom has her little grown up temper tantrums and how cartoonishly over-the-top she acts in terms of her anger issues and her freak-outs, I think she behaves more like a cartoon character than a real human being. For example, mood swings by the...
    Monstermaster13 Monstermaster13 22-25, M Jun 10

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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 “official” diagnosis. But my sister found her diary after her death and she wanted to destroy it. Fortunately, I talked her into...
    whenfamilyfails whenfamilyfails 61-65 3 Responses Aug 15, 2009

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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 were. How they weren't in bed crying, how they actually cooked meals, and cleaned, how they didn't yell, and change their minds. I guess...
    Ikid Ikid 22-25 5 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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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 background information: My parents were divorced when I was 6 due to domestic violence (on the part of my father) and financial...
    endlessrain endlessrain 26-30, F 7 Responses Nov 9, 2008

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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 realized that I didn't deserve to be told I should have been aborted, that I was too stupid to go to college...
    RLDryden RLDryden 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22, 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 explanation of what I go through. I have never really shared this with anyone, because I don't know how.....so here I go. it will probably be...
    marmar13 marmar13 26-30 2 Responses Oct 4, 2012

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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 time she hurt me I was taken away by DCS.She didn't fight for me because she was stuck in her illness and I never...
    TinytifferCA TinytifferCA 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2012

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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 and emotional situations, as the levels of physical and emotional abuse I have faced are incomprehensible. I have attempted to...
    esavvi esavvi 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 16, 2012

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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 potential), relationship(even though i was true to my heart). but none of this depressed me, none of them pushed me to the end...
    kirtkane kirtkane 22-25 Sep 26, 2012

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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 was the only child and was automatically deemed rep payee. I have had years of abuse over this of being falsely accused of stealing her money...
    peachesdaughter peachesdaughter 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 27, 2013

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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 and parents hid to me where my dad was for 4 months near to my 8th grade promotion. If I had to put a lot of pieces together...
    Justbreatheba Justbreatheba 18-21, F Apr 7

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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 say that my Dad had to be both mom and dad to me because my mother was so messed up and neglectful. I remember several painful...
    Gotmusicinme Gotmusicinme 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 26, 2010

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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 functions within the realm of logic and reason. My mother, however, is mentally ill.   I was raised middle-middle class, with two college educated parents...
    NolaDarling NolaDarling 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 21, 2012

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    Mildly In Comparison, I Guess

    I grew up one of three kids with a single mother. She let the house go because she was too proud to ask for help. We always belonged to a church, and she should have asked for help more.I do remember redoing the roof with her and my brother. I kind of enjoyed that. I don't...
    catlover47 catlover47 46-50, F May 30, 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 to scream at me for making eggs that were "browned".. Day in and day out the verbal abuse.. But at the end of the day...
    Voided Voided 22-25, F Apr 24, 2011

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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'll ******* beat your ***"Despite my struggles in life and the insanity they have created in my own mind, I...
    lysergic lysergic 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 30, 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-self i am alone with no brothers or sisters she urinates on her bed and when i ask her to go to toilet she refuses and say "I...
    wassal wassal 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 18, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    My mom is not as mentally Ill but instead mentally disabled. It has been difficult growing up with her because the doctors have said she had the mentality of a 12 year old. So my...
    MacKenziePatriciaLee MacKenziePatriciaLee 16-17, F Aug 16

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    I was locked in a hospital for the mentally ill for 2 years. I have been diagnosed schizoaffective bipolar type, social anxiety, general anxiety, multiple personality disorder...
    isitpossible83 isitpossible83 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 4

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    Lately I've been seeing how mentally ill I am, and how much it's been affecting my relationships and my family. My fiance has been by my side for 2 and a half years.. But it seems...
    AbbieNoel AbbieNoel 18-21, F Jul 31

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    One thing I hate as a mentally ill person is people saying "it's not that bad." This is what people think is supportive but it's not. They have basically dismissed my struggle...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F Aug 7

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    Although I do not live with her now as I had to move away half way across the country to escape her, the past of living with the abuse still haunts me she did unforgivable things...
    NintendoFreak64 NintendoFreak64 22-25, F Aug 4

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    Danny has LOTS going on. He has a few disorders, OCD, ADHD and depression and he has some other weird things going on from doing bad drugs. The ocd he doesnt like clean everything...
    QuinnMac12 QuinnMac12 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Both my parents spanked me as a kid but when I reached puberty mom left dad deal with me most of times. At first it was a change for the better becuase at that age I began to feel...
    rcarlos72 rcarlos72 36-40, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    and its funny because i didnt even think it was this bad untill i literally wiped off the beauty from my face.
    basicallydead basicallydead 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    when I was little my mom was the person who would discipline us kids and any kid that acted up. She used her hand spoon belt slipper rod what ever was near.. I remember my butt...
    redbottomedchicky redbottomedchicky 31-35 2 Responses Aug 16

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    so my mom and dad are real old fashioned baptists. They say that girls and boys have very different roles in life and mom says for me I am being raised to be a proper wife one day...
    caraa97 caraa97 18-21, F 12 Responses 4 days ago

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    My mom is crazy. I say that knowing she is truly mentally ill but so angry with her that I can't disassociate how angry I am from what her mental health problems. She's diagnosed...
    tathorpe tathorpe 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    My official diagnosis is bipolar 1 disorder with mixed anxiety intermittent explosive anger and post traumatic stress disorder, But I still got denied social security disability go...
    dybbukbox dybbukbox 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 7

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    This encounter happened a few years ago. My mom had just recently passed and I had fallen ill.I was sleeping on my favorite living room long couch and could hear my grandmas soft...
    emilysdream emilysdream 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 28

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    It's only been a little over year since my mother walked out, and no one should ever have to brave that storm. I wonder still every day when it becomes easier. She was my...
    TheMostBeautifulBitterFruit TheMostBeautifulBitterFruit 16-17, F 4 hrs ago

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    Today was probably one of the hardest days of my life. I had to give my 10 month old weenie away & it broke my heart into pieces. I loved him like a mother would love their child...
    Wvgirl20 Wvgirl20 18-21, F 7 hrs ago

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    My mom is witty... very critical and analytical yet soft-hearted in a way. She used to tell me her stories of yore, and I would admire how much she had grown from her obstacles...
    JumpingTomatoes JumpingTomatoes 16-17 1 Response Aug 10

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