I Had a Mentally Ill Mother

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    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
    6 Responses Jul 3, 2011

    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
    Oct 17, 2012

    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, 2014

    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

    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
    Sep 26, 2012

    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

    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...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 13, 2013

    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
    2 Responses Aug 10, 2010


    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
    1 Response Mar 30, 2013

    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

    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
    6 Responses Nov 9, 2008

    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
    2 Responses Jun 29, 2009

    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, 2014

    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

    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
    2 Responses Jul 30, 2013

    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

    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
    3 Responses Aug 15, 2009

    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


    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

    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

    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
    2 Responses Oct 4, 2012


    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
    Apr 2, 2013

    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

    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

    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
    6 Responses Dec 22, 2012

    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

    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...
    deleted deleted
    May 30, 2013

    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
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Apr 18, 2013

    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
    2 Responses Nov 4, 2010

    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, 2014

    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
    Oct 21, 2012

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