I Live In a Dysfunctional Family

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 336 People

    Am I The Problem?

    They never used to fight. At least not around me when I was younger. But now one mistake and it's all my fault. No it's dad. It's seems to have gotten worse the past two years. Sometimes I wonder what my parents would act like without me there. They argue almost everyday and...
    WingedGuardian WingedGuardian
    13-15, F
    Jun 2, 2011

    It's been rough- It all started

    when I was molested by my grandfather when I was 8. I let it go on for a few years. I always liked it though... While it was happening. Then I felt disgusting and ashamed. I'd go scrub my self down in the shower. I'm almost 18 now, and I'm still troubled by it. I never received...
    repeekbmurc repeekbmurc
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Dec 12, 2013

    My parents were forced into marriage,

    neither loved the other and with other people at the time. They hate each other and always have screaming fights involving the throwing of furniture and belongings. My brother sabotages me whenever its possible and uses force to get what he wants and when I fight back my mum...
    PantomimeEira PantomimeEira
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 24, 2013

    i just realized that my father might be

    emotionally abusing me. i am depressed from things my family did to me and i'm having a hard time getting over it. my father thing im using this a clutch, but i'm not. i've read that talking about your problems help, but he doesn't he just wants to forget it ever happened. that...
    aundrea19 aundrea19
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 31, 2015


    Wasn't sure where to write this but needed to put my feelings somewhere. My family and I have never been close. I don't see it as a bad thing per se just the way we are. Every one has seamed to be happy separate or maybe just not together all at once. Weather it was dad needing...
    lookin4sumthing lookin4sumthing
    26-30, M
    Dec 24, 2010

    My Brother And His Wife

    Guys - I need opinions on this - before I found the experience project I posted the whole story on http://ubethejudge.net/groups/family-encounters/ - with hopes others would read and provide their thoughts. Can you take a look at the story and provide your feedback? To the...
    theVictimJudge theVictimJudge
    Jul 1, 2012

    A Little Bit of How I Got Ptsd Growing Up

    Where do i begin? I know, how about the fact that I have severe depression and PTSD (no cause I am a war vet, but just simply because of the dysfunction - that's putting it lightly- that surrounded my entire life). Lucky for me I made it this far, only so that I can try to live...
    HappyHolly HappyHolly
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 1, 2008

    Did Someone Say 'dysfunctional'?

    First things first-- I am //not// here to whine about my oh-so-pathetic life. I just want to tell my story because I've never done that sort of thing before. I'm not good with talking with people. My biological mother, Velma, grew up in a foster home. She is native-american, and...
    shakeuman shakeuman
    1 Response Jul 4, 2009

    Oh, the Lies We Tell Ourselves...

    My father is not my father.  He's Ed.  He has never been my father in anything more than a biological sense.  I love him, yes, but he has never been my PARENT.  He leaves that to my mother, which is chivalrous of him. My brother is not my brother.  Not...
    Hohnoroa Hohnoroa
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 21, 2008

    I am at my wits end! My husband

    and 19 year old daughter clash badly. They have a love hate relationship and are both so volatile. When they clash it feels so out of control. Last night they came to blows and I was just an emotional wreck. I just don't know what to do.
    funnyfish65 funnyfish65
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Sep 13, 2014

    My family members of whom I am living with is

    driving me crazy. I understand I am not the only one, but this is unbearable. I am 21 years old and mildly autistic. I also suffer from an intellectual disorder which makes me a vulnerable target to bullies. I was bullied at school, I was abused and neglected at home. I feel so...
    Profweird Profweird
    22-25, M
    Oct 1, 2014

    My Life

    I live in a dysfunctional family. As I was growing up my whole childhood of course. I basiclly had to get used to having sleepless nights because my dad wanted to fuss all the time and sometimes he still does. Have to help my younger brother especially when my dad would...
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 20, 2009

    Can A Sibling Go Any Lower?

    My mom is dying.  We are brining her home in hospice care and don't expect her to live more than a week or two.  While in the hospital, my  brother stole her SSN and opened up on line banking and cleaned out her checking account.  Now he is calling my dad and...
    kw1979 kw1979
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Jun 13, 2010


    0empathy 0empathy
    46-50, F
    1 Response Dec 23, 2013

    I think my 9 yr old brother has some serious

    behavioral issues. All I did was tell him to ration out the soap because its not free, blah blah blah so he starts screaming at me and I tell him to be quiet because our mom works nightshift and is asleep and screams "no" blah blah blah. I ask him to stop screaming because its...
    repeekbmurc repeekbmurc
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Dec 19, 2013

    Immature Husband With a Nasty Stepdaughter Just Like Him

    My disrespectful husband and his daugher are so confident in their hateful ways of talking toward me. It is as if I am the culprit, the intruder of my home. She's always right, and he always backs her up. She's locked up week days, and home on weekends. She makes life...
    teddybearpomdogs teddybearpomdogs
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Sep 9, 2007

    Comedy Of Errors

    1) My Brother is an electronic engineer, but most of his electronic gadgets at home do not work for months .. because he says he can repair them anytime. 2) My mom has hoarded a suit which was gifted to my dad (he passed away 30 years back), because its ‘new and never worn...
    Eddiecrow Eddiecrow
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Nov 18, 2013

    I know this is suppose to be more family

    problems but Tyrone, the man who my mom paid to beat me when I was 6? Yeah, either with his hands or a belt. Was my mom's lapdog. Did whatever he wanted with me and my mom granted him permission. In my room or the basement, my skin burned. I was in pain! That mother f***ing man...
    MitchTheCanadian MitchTheCanadian
    22-25, M
    Dec 24, 2013

    What a mess. I'm estranged from my oldest

    because her Dad has money, nice house, new car, and I have none of that. My real Dad has nothing to do with me. My son is a useless bum, with a load of kids he doesn't support. My one sister is a hypochondriac who has to be the center of attention and controls my Mom, while my...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jul 19, 2015

    My brother acts like he has.

    .. What's the thing when people tick and do/say odd things? Starts with a T... Anyway he will be sitting in front of the TV and as soon as a commercial comes on, he jump up and tell or something. I'm a nervous person and that just freaks me out. When he's angry he screams when he...
    repeekbmurc repeekbmurc
    18-21, F
    Jan 7, 2014

    I Can't Deal W My Dysfuctional Parents

    I'm 27 years old and the oldest of 3, my sister is 21 and my brother is 16. My parents have been married for 33 years and are very religious, they are obsessed w their religion and each other. My father has had problems w anxiety and depression for most of his life and my mother...
    rabbitimes rabbitimes
    Oct 23, 2012


    ive been in this bedroom all day now, and no one has stopped to even check on me. i could be dead. i felt cut off so i opened the door so that i could feel atleast alittle bit apart of this family since all i do is sit all damn day in my room every saturday with my dog, but...
    undeniablyMe undeniablyMe
    26-30, F
    Nov 23, 2013


          My family acts as if I dont exist and try to humiliate me every chance they get. They also do this to my children or any one connected to me. Is this typical?
    mrshafer mrshafer
    1 Response Jul 13, 2011

    (background infro: my parents are divorced.

    I live some of the time with my dad and stepmother, and some of the time with my mom. My brother is currently residing at my mom's house until he heads off to college. This story follows an incident that occurred just now at my mom's house.) My mother has always been a...
    RipperKing RipperKing
    18-21, M
    Aug 13, 2015

    I had a terrible memory tonight of my cousin

    who died of bulemnia I remember my cold hearted ain't calling me to tell me she died a few weeks after it happened I remember saying a curse word to her and never had spoken to her again. I couldn't believe she waited weeks to tell us and she didn't invite anyone in y family to...
    Bella70 Bella70
    41-45, F
    Mar 5, 2016

    My Kids Flash Like Me...

    I grew up in a very dysfunctional family with addicts, except my mom and dad. My mom had crack head brothers, a screaming mama, and she screamed too, everybody screamed, hollered, and fought each other. Now, my kids scream like me and my mom, and we don't physically fight each...
    TrustNobody TrustNobody
    26-30, F
    Jan 8, 2010


    My story starts the same as any. Happy family, Mom, Dad and Daughter. Things were great, in fact more than great up until I was 16. Things started to fall. My mom started missing work and things just weren't the same. She started to get sick. After a few months of missing...
    kfreeland0331 kfreeland0331
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 12, 2009

    A Mess of a Family

    My family seems such a mess, I don't know where to start... My father married my mother first, my mother who is related to me by blood. They had my brother, and then 4 years later, had me. When I was 6, they decided to get divorced. I think that was the beginning of all the...
    stellarvore stellarvore
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Oct 29, 2007

    Like All Stories, This Is Long

    It is hard to decide where to start.  I am 24 years old and am currently in college while living with my parents until I finish school.  When I say parents, I mean my mother and stepfather.  When I was nine years old, my world changed as my...
    sopitty sopitty
    22-25, F
    Jan 13, 2009

    Crowed Out By My Adult Sister

     I'm the oldest of 3 kids, I'm almost 40, and ever since I can remember my mom has always payed special attention to her middle child, my sister, and basically ignores me and my brother. Its so bad, that my sister lives across the street from my mom, and gets really angry when...
    notmomsfavorite notmomsfavorite
    36-40, F
    1 Response Dec 16, 2011

    I'm Tired Of The Silence

    I am new to this group. I'm writing my 2nd e-book on families, past abuse, denial and addiction. Dysfunction for sure. I was physically, mentally abused in a really young marriage. I got out of that marriage by literally 'escaping" one day when he left the house which he worked...
    BeenThere7 BeenThere7
    Mar 15, 2012

    It's Too Much

    My family have always been dysfunctional. As a kid I lived on a deserted place with my Dad's family, but i Never got close to any of them. It was only me, my brother and sister, but as time went by we grew apart. I feel like there was a lot of pressure for me and my brothers...
    tatyana16 tatyana16
    18-21, F
    Mar 1, 2011

    Elastic Band

    My family has been dysfunctional since before I could remember. Apparently, my parents' marriage started out with my father physically and verbally abusing my mother. In India, he went so far as threatening to get her killed when she moved out with me. My mother came from a...
    runnningwithscissors runnningwithscissors
    1 Response Jun 5, 2012

    How Should I Know

    My mother doesn't sleep. My father is bipolar. My brother is bipolar, dyslexic, and A.D.H.D. I don't sleep and I'm dyslexic. I am also A.D.D. and O.C.D. I hate myself and the world. I wish I had a reason to be sad all the time but I don't. I have attempted suicide. This is my...
    BunyipDucksAreFluffy BunyipDucksAreFluffy
    13-15, F
    Oct 23, 2012

    My Mom Is A Manipulative Lunatic

    I'm sorry is if this is sounds a bit manic, but I'm just so upset. I need to let it all go. My mom is over religious, she forces religion on to the rest of the family. Everyday we wake up at 5:00 and do morning devotion. She screams at my dad for going out with his friends. She...
    onetobler onetobler
    Jul 9, 2012

    I have come to understand

    that my son is a sociopath. I always wanted to think the best of him. And he was so loving (I thought). I believed so many lies for years. He is a master of deception and manipulation. Recently, he became careless and I have uncovered evidence to support the nagging fears...
    recalculator recalculator
    51-55, F
    Jul 19, 2015
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