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I Live In a Dysfunctional Family

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    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...
    repeekbmurc repeekbmurc 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    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...
    MitchTheCanadian MitchTheCanadian 18-21, M Dec 24, 2013

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    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...
    Eddiecrow Eddiecrow 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 18, 2013

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    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...
    repeekbmurc repeekbmurc 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    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...
    stellarvore stellarvore 18-21, M 3 Responses Oct 29, 2007

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    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...
    shakeuman shakeuman 18-21 2 Responses Jul 4, 2009

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    Our family has never been a particularly harmonious one because my mother wasn't decent enough to save herself for marriage.My mother married my father with a daughter who was...
    MessiahtheDon MessiahtheDon 22-25, M Mar 4

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    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...
    HappyHolly HappyHolly 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 1, 2008

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    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...
    Hohnoroa Hohnoroa 16-18, F 2 Responses Mar 21, 2008

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    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...
    kw1979 kw1979 46-50, F 3 Responses Jun 13, 2010

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    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...
    TrustNobody TrustNobody 26-30, F Jan 8, 2010

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    Depression - 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...
    kfreeland0331 kfreeland0331 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 12, 2009

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    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...
    teddybearpomdogs teddybearpomdogs 16-18, F 3 Responses Sep 9, 2007

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    Awkward - 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...
    lookin4sumthing lookin4sumthing 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 24, 2010

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    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...
    rabbitimes rabbitimes 26-30 Oct 23, 2012

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    Seriously? - 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...
    undeniablyMe undeniablyMe 22-25, F Nov 23, 2013

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    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...
    tatyana16 tatyana16 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 1, 2011

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    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...
    DRBRENDA DRBRENDA 18-21, F 1 Response May 20, 2009

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    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...
    runnningwithscissors runnningwithscissors 18-21 1 Response Jun 5, 2012

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    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...
    sopitty sopitty 22-25, F Jan 13, 2009

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    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...
    theVictimJudge theVictimJudge 41-45 Jul 1, 2012

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    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...
    repeekbmurc repeekbmurc 16-17, F 7 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    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...
    BeenThere7 BeenThere7 51-55 Mar 15, 2012

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    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...
    PantomimeEira PantomimeEira 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 24, 2013

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    Broken Family - I have a dysfunctional family. Before we all use to be together all the time. Now it seems we're just occupying space in this house.my parents aren't happy with...
    Lifeisafantasy Lifeisafantasy 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 1, 2013

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    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...
    notmomsfavorite notmomsfavorite 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2011

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    Why -       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 41-45 1 Response Jul 13, 2011

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    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...
    onetobler onetobler 22-25 Jul 9, 2012

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    I AM 43 NOW, MY PAST HAUNTS ME. LIFE OF NEGLECT AS SOON AS I HIT PUBERTY. I THOUGHT MY PARENTS HATED ME BECAUSE I WENT WITH THE WRONG CROWD BUT THEY FOLLOWED A PATTERN OF...
    0empathy 0empathy 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 23, 2013

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    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...
    BunyipDucksAreFluffy BunyipDucksAreFluffy 13-15, F Oct 23, 2012

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    My family is really dysfunctional and it sucks. It's just one of the many things that contribute to my depression. We go to a therapist and she makes things worse. Today, I found...
    just1a2girl3 just1a2girl3 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    I don't get along with my mom at all. See, my parents got separated 1 year ago and ever since I have wanted to move in with my dad (my mom used to be, and frankly still is, very...
    anonymous552 anonymous552 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 27

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    So I want to move in with my dad but my mom says I need valid arguments. Any ideas? (Other then the fact that I WANT to live with my dad) I am a 13 year old girl.
    anonymous552 anonymous552 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 27

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    I can't really say I have much of a family. We don't act like one. I won't say they don't love me because they do. They just have a weird way of showing it. I don't even care that...
    McLovin0000 McLovin0000 18-21, F Mar 17

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    It's easy to point at my mother as the "bad guy" out of my parents. After all, she was the one who was constantly yelling, cussing at us, saying she hated us and wanted to leave us...
    mindofmaster mindofmaster 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    I'm sitting here at my aunts funeral. The place is packed. I'm surprised I'm not crying because I'm usually a very emotional person. I think part of the reason is she was cremated...
    meghan888 meghan888 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    It's just what it is. A family you can never bind together cuz of pride, hate, envy and so much things going on. Just like that.
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I hate my family beyond belief. My mom is essentially bipolar and has verbally and emotionally abused me for years. Sometimes I really don't know how to deal with this.
    hadeion hadeion 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I do not love all of my siblings.
    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    In ways, I kind of wish I could be more like my Grandpa. He was the glue to our dysfunctional family. Doesn't matter who stole, abused, used, or disrespected.... He always wanted...
    Philli8807 Philli8807 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 24

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    My dysfunctional childhood sometimes plays havoc on my peace of mind. I can partially blame staying in my marriage due to how I was raised, dragged through my Father’s four...
    ifoundmehere ifoundmehere 41-45, F 33 Responses 3 days ago

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    So this might be long. I do feel like a pretty lucky guy with a lot of blessings.. But I do have a lot of worries about my family which I will express here.. Ok so my family is...
    PhindingPhronesis PhindingPhronesis 16-17, M Mar 30

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    Most of my family members are alcoholics and/or addicts. I haven't seen most of them for over 20 years and basically have no contact with them ever except an occasional...
    blessedmess blessedmess 41-45, F Mar 27

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    Update by request.... I was asked by the lovely ifoundmehere to update my story. :) I've been in my own place since February 22. Things are going well. I have a good job...
    MissLee MissLee 46-50, F 17 Responses 3 days ago

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    "Friends with Benefits" / "Sex Buddy" / "Outsourcing" - This is essentially a personal opinion, and as such, completely discardable. It is not advice, or a suggestion. What I hope...
    bazzar bazzar 56-60, M 14 Responses Apr 5

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    Almost the entire time I was in my dysfunctional marriage I kept quiet about it. I made excuses. I glossed over things. My husband drank (was an alcoholic) and no one ever knew...
    NeedingToVent NeedingToVent 36-40, F 15 Responses a week ago

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    For mental illness and behavioral problems. And I am very concerned about the amount of abuse in those places done by staff. The other kids there where just dysfunctional (for the...
    Arcturianblue Arcturianblue 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    Before and After … Nearing 8 months after my separation, I reflect on the emotional desert I have called my marriage. During those years, I was starved for a smile or a hug. A...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight 41-45, M 11 Responses Apr 6

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    I lost my beloved Miniature Pinscher 3 years ago. Miss her still daily. Do not miss my fake family at all. Sad but true.
    TeKKeeVee TeKKeeVee 61-65, F 1 Response 49 mins ago

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    I am 72 years old and am on my 2nd bout of breast cancer. Had years of depression and a breakdown. Took overdoses etc.etc. Had a son who died from Muscular dystrophy at 17 years...
    veganjo veganjo 70+ 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    Better yet, I want to live in an open minded world. Ever since I came out to my sister and a couple of friends that I have been with another male I have been getting misunderstood...
    waldo956 waldo956 18-21, M 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    My fake name is kobochibi. I'm female, 26 y.o from Indonesia.I'm from a broken home family. One month after my mother passed away (2006), I ran from home because my father re...
    kobochibi kobochibi 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 7