I Have An Unmedicated Bipolar Mother

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    She is hyperreligious.

    She believes that God is speaking directly to her. She abandoned her family- including her 3 beautiful grandchildren- 3 weeks ago to get a job at a bible-themed theme park (?!) and start a ministry. I am her oldest son and we are all really worried.
    Jmb850 Jmb850
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jul 19, 2015

    I'm 25, and she was diagnosed about 1 year ago,

    but is in denial. She admits she loves the mania (she calls it ADD) and proclaims that it's "fun" but can't see that her behavior is erratic, irrational, and damaging. She is impossibly mean to me, she has paranoid delusions and blames me for everything. She accuses me of hating...
    ftiofiji ftiofiji
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 20, 2015

    For all I know she hasn't

    even been diagnosed. She refuses to see someone. When someone mentions she should seek mental help: her eyes get wide, she stiffens her posture . "Are you trying to say I'm crazy!?!" That was her reaction when I last visited her. The correctional officers had to keep reminding...
    WorldatLarge88 WorldatLarge88
    26-30, F
    Mar 3, 2015

    My mother is a dragon.

    No one escapes her fire. Everything in life is everyone else's fault. Professional victim, whining about everything to her wine glass. She has a growing track record of putting people that get close to her in jail, claiming abuse and manages to create convincing enough bruises...
    bottledhaterade bottledhaterade
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 18, 2015

    My mother faked her own suicide today.

    She is now in hospital under observation. It's a relief that maybe now she may get the help she really needs and the acknowledgement from our family that there is something more seriously wrong that her just being "odd."
    Girlong Girlong
    1 Response Dec 27, 2014

    She's always screaming,

    blaming, emotionally abusing. She'll freak out, kick me out every other week. However, I AM NOT doing anything wrong. I'm trying to focus on my schooling. I don't know what to do. This is so exhausting. Someone please help, can't do this for much longer.
    powellbrianna powellbrianna
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 12, 2014

    She is mean, blaming,

    abusive, mad (all the time), and I can do nothing right. Yet why when she is her sweet self do I run back to her arms, forget everything she has put me and my brother and sister through and love her. I still have plans to leave at 18, but I still feel guilty about those thoughts...
    Iamstronghp Iamstronghp
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2014

    I don't know where to start.

    Like other people on here, I feel lonely in coping with my mother. She is not diagnosed but I do strongly believe she is bi-polar. I cannot simply tell her she needs help because first of all I tried and second of all everything you say to her nice or not is an attack to her. In...
    coraliep74 coraliep74
    1 Response Jan 21, 2014

    Today my mother left my dad.

    It's not the first time I've heard her say she was leaving him. There have been many times she threatened this course of action. The most memorable was when she said it was all my fault. I was only about 14. She didn't like my dad protecting me, loving me, she made him chose...
    Girlong Girlong
    1 Response Jan 9, 2014

    My Mother Is Bi-Polar

    My mother has bi-polar disorder she has been in and out of mental treatment over the years since I was a teen. She has been using alcohol to self medicate. It has been a roller coaster of emotions dealing with her. Being the oldest I have often had to parent my parent. My mom and...
    lisa2008boo lisa2008boo
    26-30, F
    Oct 9, 2013

    Still Living With Her

    I'm having a particularly hard time dealing with my bipolar mother as she is always drinking and smoking pot. I'm a full time student and have had major surgery so haven't been able to walk for over 2 months. I'm her only child and there's no one around to help and no money since...
    burstyourbubble burstyourbubble
    1 Response Sep 16, 2013


    Sometimes my hatred towards my mother courses through my veins like adrenaline. Sometimes my debilitating sadness weighs me down like a boulder in my chest. And sometimes I don't seem to feel anything at all. Mom is more bad than good nowadays. She's only in her "up" mode a day...
    Helloansley Helloansley
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Aug 31, 2013

    Im Going To Kill Her And Take Her Property

    Im 42. My mother is 66. Ive suffered lifetime of emotional, mental and even physical abuse. But the best part was i didnt even realise i was being abused and sabotaged until i had my daughter and realised i could never treat her the way my mother treated me. My mother abandoned...
    seethalakshimichinniah seethalakshimichinniah
    66-70, F
    1 Response Aug 30, 2013

    I Don'T Love My Mum.

    There is only 3 people in my life I feel truly comfortable saying I love you too and that's my two daughters and husband. I don't know whether its the guilt of having no love for her that chokes the words in my throat as I say it to anyone else or the fact that, that part of me...
    Girlong Girlong
    2 Responses Feb 26, 2013

    I'D Rather Be Beat By Joan Crawford With Wire Hangers.....

    today marks 2 weeks since i quit answering her calls since i picked her up from the airport with my new husband and she put on her show hysterically manic and drunk going on and on and on about how she didn't abandon me as a child to how she will kill anyone who messes with me...
    griggspace griggspace
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Feb 15, 2013

    Is There Any Way To Escape The Insanity??

    I will try to keep this as short as possible, but with over 20 years of dealing with madness, there is so much to say...My older sister and I were raised solely by our mother. From the time I can remember, my mother had terrible anger issues. While on her bipolar 'highs', she was...
    dramaforlife dramaforlife
    6 Responses Jan 23, 2013

    Crazy Mom !

    My mother is bi polar to an she is a liar she can make up a lie an train her self to believe it . . She is very disrespectful to me an my sister then after she have one of her mental episodes yelling an screaming makeinf up situations she act like we should walk around wit out...
    atlantaboi0576 atlantaboi0576
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Nov 2, 2012

    My Mom Is Bi-polar & Homeless By Choice

    I'm 26 years old and spent most of life in foster care starting at the ripe old age of 4. My mother fought the court system to get me back but lives as a hoarder. As a result when she did have custody of me we slept on a twin size mattress on our kitchen floor with roaches...
    TashTash TashTash
    4 Responses Sep 26, 2012

    She Has No Heart!

    I always felt my mother was evil, though she hides behind Christian broadcasting and occasional church, today proved it. From the begining as quickly as possible. I am the youngest of 6 and the only sibling who is not a career criminal or addict. My Dad kidnapped me when I was...
    chrissyjo chrissyjo
    5 Responses Aug 14, 2012


    After another manic episode, I logged onto the Internet and decided I needed so speak up. Coping with my mothers roller coaster emotions has completely taken its toll on not only me, but the rest of my family Aswell. Often in a family where the mother is undiagnosed as bipolar...
    Kendie11 Kendie11
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jul 19, 2012

    My Mother Has Always Has Had Bipolar The Never Ending Saga..

    As far back as I can remember my mother has always been bipolar. Due to this most of my childhood is a painful miry of Foster homes and courts... I've never known her as anything but. Thankfully at age 13 I was sent to live with relatives which beck a difficult tug of war til I...
    Dorothyc Dorothyc
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Jul 17, 2012

    Some Of Us Are Punching Bags, But Also Human Shields . . .

    Can broken people make whole people? Or do we come out whole and then they break us and take pieces of us to try to make themselves whole? Suck us dry, turn us into raisins . . . leaving only a single steel chord of defiance, last and unbreakable piece, because as the role of...
    LikeSteel LikeSteel
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jul 16, 2012

    Youngest Daughter Scared For My Future

    I grew up with an unmedicated bipolar mother. She knew something was wrong with her but all the docotrs for years told her she was fine. I grew up with her fits of anger and her depression. She was a wonderful and loving mother but she couldn't handle herself and her fits. There...
    sweetserenity22 sweetserenity22
    1 Response May 23, 2012

    What Mental Illness Is This?

    She comes to my room with a smile, asks me what I'm doing. Her mood is great, she looks like a positive person. And it takes only 3-5 minutes to mess up everything and her mood turns into a disaster. Sometimes she even is violent to me. Then I must leave the house for at least 3...
    Remiko Remiko
    7 Responses Aug 8, 2011

    I Can't Escape The Dysfunction of my Mother

    I am 43 years old, my mother is 67.  We both live alone and have no outside support system so we rely very heavily on each other.  Some days that is fine but when it's bad, it's really bad.  My mother has, for as long as I can remember, had extremely depressive...
    anneomenous anneomenous
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Sep 17, 2010

    Recently Diagnosed Bipolar Mother

    My mother had her first true manic episode earlier this year. I knew something was really wrong but I was out of state listening to her on the phone. I called my sisters and father and grandmother and it took them a little longer to agree - they thought I was being critical of...
    planetBsixonetwo planetBsixonetwo
    Aug 17, 2010

    I Have A Very Differnt Problem

    my daughter who just turned 36 has decided that she has hated me for the last 20 years.I used to help her with all the bills in fact paid all kinds of payments for her. I used  to get every thing the grand kids needed for school. now im in debt up to the hilt. she has kicked...
    silky7dragon silky7dragon
    51-55, F
    Aug 2, 2010

    I Need Some Help....

    I have always know things with my mother was not normal but now that I have been asked by family members do I think she is bipolar I really don't know what to do.  All I have done for the past 4 days is research bipolar.  I feel like I found the dictionary on her.  ...
    Jewelz7 Jewelz7
    12 Responses Jul 30, 2010

    The Shower

    I had three bridesmaids, of the bridesmaids one was my sister and one was my best friend. I made my sister my maid-of-honor, something I should not have done because it indirectly set the stage for my mother's antics. After months and months of hell we were down to the last two...
    tinadanka tinadanka
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 17, 2010

    This Is Hard To Talk About...

    I always knew something was wrong. I have memories that span from three years old to last week. When you grow up in a house with a mother like mine you figure everyone's mother is like that. I always tried to keep a low profile so that she wouldn't turn on me the way she did my...
    tinadanka tinadanka
    31-35, F
    May 17, 2010

    This Is Hard To Talk About...

    I always knew something was wrong. I have memories that span from three years old to last week. When you grow up in a house with a mother like mine you figure everyone's mother is like that. I always tried to keep a low profile so that she wouldn't turn on me the way she did my...
    tinadanka tinadanka
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 17, 2010


    One thing I wanted to add to my story that I think is important. I am often consumed by rage. I have an intense anger that lies just beneath the surface. I work very hard to keep it in check. when My anger is provoked ( which is rarely) I literally see red. and then I just...
    AuntKorn AuntKorn
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Jan 4, 2010

    My Mother Has Just Been Diagnosed

    Just before Christmas, My mother was put into a mental ward in the hospital against her will. She is 85 years old. Her behavior had been getting more and more bizarre recently. She had become paranoid and aggitated. She threw a potted plant at her daughter in law. She became...
    AuntKorn AuntKorn
    56-60, F
    Jan 4, 2010

    Dealing With It....

    I'm a teenager. i have a bipolar mother.... i have a hard time dealing with it and i just feel like i need to talk about it with someone, but not just anyone....i desperately need to talk about it with someone who actually understands. i feel like im just falling apart. i...
    VerticallyChallenged VerticallyChallenged
    13-15, F
    5 Responses Oct 28, 2009

    I Am Never Good Enough

    This past mother's day I decided not to buy my mother anything, or to drop by to see her. She called me and told me she was no longer my mother and how I have no respect and that I am disgusting in every way. I would have agreed with her, had it not been for what...
    CrazyKitty03 CrazyKitty03
    26-30, F
    10 Responses May 14, 2009

    "No One Knows"

     i always said to myself that i hated my mom, at least when she wo0uld go crazy. first let me explain my mother she addmitted to me at a young age that she had done every drug known and drank every type she could find along with her sister. her father died when she was my...
    giglebug giglebug
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Mar 21, 2009

    My Mother and I

    I always knew there was something different about my mother,she could go from hysterically happy to suicidal in a minute.It took me some time to figure out what it is that she has and when I did,I talked to her about it and suggested her to see a doctor.She completely disagreed...
    taw taw
    5 Responses Feb 14, 2008
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