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I Have Toxic Family Members

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    When i was a child my mother was

    so overprotective and never ever treat me with respect, she never allows me to decorate my own room the way i like and always throw away my favourite things just because she feels those things are garbage. One of those things are like letters and cards from my friends, which i...
    thesimpletruth77 thesimpletruth77 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    My mother was controlling

    and domineering during my childhood and early teen years. It forced me into a significant rebellion as I chose to attend a college three states away. After graduation I returned to home and found a good job, while living at home. One and a half years later I was offered a...
    stuckinacorner stuckinacorner 46-50, M Dec 1, 2013

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    My Sister Has Become My Mother

    Last spring I chose to move closer to family.  This was a choice.  I had an apartment, I had a life... but I missed my family and couldn't afford to spend $1,000 on visits several times a year.So I relocated to the state my family had moved off to.  My sister agreed to let me...
    Sapphowolf Sapphowolf 46-50, F Oct 27, 2011

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    I Am Broken Earth....

    ....and I am an Empath* who comes from a toxic family. Even as I write these words I keep checking over my shoulder at the door to make sure no one is going to come barging into my room and look at my laptop (as my sister often does) and report me to those in authority, my...
    Brokenearthchild Brokenearthchild 18-21 2 Responses Oct 8, 2011

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    I Think I Do, Anyways....

    I've heard the term before, and I just did some research. Would you (anyone with a toxic family/parents) say this article is accurate?http://www.webheights.net/GrowingbeyondEmotionalAbuse/sforward/sftp.htmBecause if it is, I'm from a toxic family. Not the childhood stuff; my mom...
    Photogirl7 Photogirl7 18-21, F Feb 12, 2012

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    My Sister Has Become My Mother

    Last spring I chose to move closer to family.  This was a choice.  I had an apartment, I had a life... but I missed my family and couldn't afford to spend $1,000 on visits several times a year.So I relocated to the state my family had moved off to.  My sister agreed to let me...
    Sapphowolf Sapphowolf 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 27, 2011

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    My Mother-in-law Fits Most Of The Eight Known Toxic Personality Types

    My MIL is a "victim". Everything is always about her. Everything needs to be made more convenient for her. Every decision that her family members make in their lives is subject to criticism and how it affects her. And, the biggest, real victim in this whole thing: her seven-year...
    amsivory amsivory 31-35 2 Responses Jun 4, 2011

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    Toxicy That Spans Generations

    I am 55 and the middle daughter of 3 females born to parents who were both teachers and now are deceased. My earliest memories were of violence being inflicted upon my mother by my father and my own emotional trauma which followed. I was also beaten viciously and subjected to...
    sue60565 sue60565 51-55, F 4 Responses Oct 9, 2011

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    My Mom Trys To Control Me....

    I love my mom and I know she loves me, but she can't seem to understand why I listen to the music I do (Rock music and some emo.) I really want to dye my hair black, my hair is dark brown so it wouldn't cause much different but she won't let me. It's heart breaking when I think I...
    mysteryteen mysteryteen 16-17, F Oct 16, 2011

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    I Am Broken Earth...(Part 2)

    I did end up moving in, and am actually writing this from a professional grade laptop Healing Water helped me pay for so I can start writing. (Which I haven't gotten past the notebook research stage yet, heh.) I just wanted to touch base because it's been a while and quite a bit...
    Brokenearthchild Brokenearthchild 18-21 Feb 24, 2013

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    Why Do I Let Her Do This To Me?!?!

    My mother hadn't been to my house in over a year-until today. My husband and I bought this house 3 years ago, and have put a ton of work into it. We tore things down, put things up, painted, replaced...you name it, we've probably done it. This house is miles from where it was...
    bgyldy bgyldy 41-45 1 Response Jun 29, 2012

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    Toxic "relative" Who Isn't A Relative

    The toxic person in my life isn't someone who is a relative, so I do hope I can talk about them here. The person in question is my mother's boyfriend/housemate, who I'll refer to as "Idiot". Idiot has been with my mother for about 16 years, and while he used to be an okay...
    StrawberryPocky StrawberryPocky 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 6, 2010

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    My Struggle With Toxic People As Well As My Family

    Well not sure where to start. I realise after many years and many interesting life expereinces it is due to possibly the lack of coping skills I had as a child, teen and even adult. I am from a family of 3 older sisters and 2 parents. I wished they had of put me up for adoption...
    elemental elemental 31-35 1 Response Dec 30, 2008

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    Control Freak Mom

    My mom is controlling an manipulative.  She has made a couple of suicide attempts when something doesn't go her way and everytime she gets upset about something she either talks about killing herself or how she wishes she would not wake up in the morning.  My brother...
    tmckiddy tmckiddy 41-45 1 Response Sep 15, 2010

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    I'm Fed Up With These People I Have To Call Family.

    An uncle in law once said in a thanksgiving prayer that this was a family of faith. It's more like a family of hypocrites. i have spent a good portion of my life feeling guilty about my wrongs and yeah, I still do certain things wrong. But the difference between myself and others...
    sadmoon sadmoon 26-30, M Jul 17, 2011

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    Toxic Family Makes Me Sick

    Ever since my dad passed away when I was 9, my mom began her mission...to groom me into her personal servant. Don't get me wrong, mom worked for a living and I did get what I wanted for the most part. But what I didn't know was all those things she gave me, was just a bribe to...
    bgyldy bgyldy 41-45 2 Responses Sep 12, 2011

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    Toxic Family And Mother'S Death

    My mother passed away in January rather suddenly. I never realized just how toxic things were until just recently. After waiting months to go over her estate we finally got together for that very thing last night. All I asked for was a ring given to me at my grandmother's funeral...
    poncamom poncamom 36-40 2 Responses Jun 2, 2013

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    Toxic Siblings

    I didn't realize it while it was happening, but I grew up in a severely dysfunctional family. I have two older sisters and two younger brothers. My father was bipolar, and my mom realized it after my oldest sister was born, but she kept having children with him.  Anyway, there...
    mystery54 mystery54 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 27, 2011

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    Family Secrets

    I always feel invisible with my fa ily.Always felt their was something going on .My mom hide thi gs from grandparents and acted like something else like evil.I feel like she has a secrete or secrets .She knows how tp trick people lie to .One time I got in fight with my mom she...
    kellner27 kellner27 18-21, F Jun 26, 2013

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    Help! Toxic Family Poisoning My Friends...who's Right?

    I have three adult kids, two of which live with my mom for various reasons. My mom has always been controlling and manipulative-she somehow managed (my fault...I admit) to make my oldest daughter (22) this way too and the both of them are now turning my youngest daughter (19...
    bgyldy bgyldy 41-45 May 2, 2012

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    Yes I have two family members both of them will most likely not live past this year
    maridoneka maridoneka 18-21, M Sep 29

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    My brother and mother were diagnosed with schizophrenia at about the same time when I was around 9. I don't remember much from that time but I miss them. I wish I could have my...
    sighted sighted 22-25, M Sep 27

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    I met my husband 10 years ago, he is divorced and so am I. He has 2 children from a previous marriage and I had none. We then had our daughter now 8. My step daughter is 21 and...
    fleezz fleezz 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    I don't want to get into details about why I don't have a family but I just need to know if there are people that feel how I feel. I've always craved a family since I was little...
    krstybrght krstybrght 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 9

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    Yes indeed ! Family is everything . In addition to my biological family ,I consider my close friends to be my chosen family. Drive me freakin nutso as they do at times , I am...
    82creativetype 82creativetype 31-35, F Oct 6

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    My brothers!!!!! I have 4 and they're driving me crazy!!!! They're always arguing and goofing around, but take literally nothing seriously! Last week I had like the worst day of my...
    Nicole192837 Nicole192837 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 29

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    One of my grandmother's, my mom's mom, drives me crazy sometimes. She likes to think of herself as open-minded and worldly, but she isn't. Just because you have friends on the...
    rycbar10 rycbar10 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 12

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      In my family, we are composed of four children. My sister(29), my brother(28), my other brother(27) and me(13). Look at the age gaps. It's enough to have a dramatic soap...
    DarkAngel483 DarkAngel483 13-15, F Oct 7

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    I always get accepted in to a family. I end up acting mother to children and a caregiver to this person or that. I always take responsibility even though it is not my place to do...
    PandaLadi PandaLadi 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 8

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    l will try to make a long story short, I was 15 yrs. old when I ran away from a foster home to go live with my kids father who was 21yrs old himself. I was 16 yrs. old when I had...
    Riverawife Riverawife 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 5

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    My husband and I have a large family bed for our kids and their kids too. I have 7 grand kids now and expecting more in the next few months and into next year.
    olderandmaturefemale olderandmaturefemale 46-50, F 6 Responses Oct 5

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    I was born in a different country. My mom used my dad to get to America and abandoned me when I was 6, right after she got into the states . I was abused and neglected by my father...
    SZoa SZoa 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 7

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    I watched my mother die this year. My father died when I was 7. My mother never re-married. I have a sister thousands of miles away who I have little to no relationship with. I...
    R00tle55 R00tle55 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 24

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    part.2 My real parents, who I have been really close with, retired and bought a house in a small town in Minnesota in the year 2000.I was still smoking Crack in Chicago...
    Riverawife Riverawife 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 5

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    My brother is HIV positive, and I think he is planning to give up on his medical regimen, so that he can die. He lives far from me and doesn't have a reliable support network where...
    humanintensity humanintensity 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 6

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    Everyday I'm shocked that I'm related to such vile, materialistic people. I try to distance myself from them as much as I can.
    dirtydarkness dirtydarkness 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 29

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    Sometimes I question how my father would feel if I just dropped off the planet. He's always messing with me, finding a way to set me off. I know that I shouldn't let this bother me...
    thatgirleveryonehates thatgirleveryonehates 18-21, F Oct 12

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    My grandfather told me he lost a grandson because I told him that I don't want to be religious. He further told me that he would hunt me down and kill me if I ever turned to Islam...
    Nickname4me Nickname4me 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 12

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    I love my mom to death. But when she tells me I need to clean my room because company is coming over, although it's not even messy is the most annoying thing ever
    euphorian euphorian 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I've lost all respect for my uncle. So today while he was showing me his holiday photos on his phone, I saw a series of pictures of a waitress. She looked busy as if she was...
    TaoTao90 TaoTao90 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Just lost my grandma tonight.
    sunflowerpet sunflowerpet 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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    My two uncles had cancer, one of them died last year of brain cancer, and the other has chronic leukemia.
    DrowningInRed DrowningInRed 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 29

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    My psychotic sister who is 15 has ran the household for many years. My mom was an alcoholic who never protected me from her. She ran my brother out as soon as he turned 18 and has...
    Theunknownvictim Theunknownvictim 13-15, F Oct 6

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    Looking for support and information.- Will my son ever be able to get his life together?
    january71 january71 46-50, F 6 days ago

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    My father. He couldn't take it. The man was exceptionally smart. His mind was always running. Sometimes he acted violently to try to escape the nightmarish surroundings he...
    euphorian euphorian 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm alone and I know there out there they know me but they don't care there more than me there sister brothers but I'm the first to be born so I'm blamed for there mistakes even...
    Unknown1456 Unknown1456 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    So I am currently living with family, and these family members decided to have more family members over for a few days. This has brought my autoerotic activities to a halt, and...
    purposebuilt purposebuilt 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 8

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    Hello EP peeps! My own parents are divorced. I have other family members who have been divorce and friends too. So, I have witnessed many family breakups. For these reasons have...
    Mayah09 Mayah09 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm 19 and I first started pulling my eyelashes when I was in 8th grade. At first it wasn't too bad. I would stand in the mirror and pull my eyelashes but was able to stop once...
    alisonw23 alisonw23 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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