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I Live In a Dysfunctional Family

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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 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

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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 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

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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, 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 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 21, 2008

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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 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 22-25 Jul 9, 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 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 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 24, 2013

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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 to fuss all the time and sometimes he still does. Have to help my younger brother especially when my dad would...
    DRBRENDA DRBRENDA 18-21, F 1 Response May 20, 2009

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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 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

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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 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 51-55 Mar 15, 2012

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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 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

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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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    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

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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 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 26-30 Oct 23, 2012

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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 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

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    Hopefully not for long.

    .It's hard to have stability when your environment is toxic and unstable.Kinda makes me consider dating someone I'm not too sure i should date,someone i doubt is the right person for me.But i want to get the hell out of this house soon,sick of these people..Tired of my...
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F Jun 22

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    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

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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 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 7 Responses Dec 12, 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 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 1 Response Mar 1, 2011

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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 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 18-21 2 Responses Jul 4, 2009

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    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 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 13, 2014

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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 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

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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 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 2 Responses Apr 1, 2008

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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 ABANDONMENT THAT DIDN'T STOP UNTIL MY DAD DIED. HE ALWAYS SAID HE COULDN'T DO IT, HE REFUSED TO GET INVOLVED AND MY MOM WENT WITH HIM. THEY...
    0empathy 0empathy 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 23, 2013

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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 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 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 9, 2007

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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 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 22-25, F Nov 23, 2013

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    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

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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, 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

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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 hopes others would read and provide their thoughts. Can you take a look at the story and provide your feedback? To the...
    theVictimJudge theVictimJudge 41-45 Jul 1, 2012

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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 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 18-21, M Dec 24, 2013

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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, 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

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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, 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

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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. 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 1 Response Dec 24, 2010

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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 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 18-21 1 Response Jun 5, 2012

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    My wrestling team is more to me like a family than my actual family and yesterday one of them passed his name was cooper I'm crying my eyes out because he was my friend and more...
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    nothing's natural or connected like other normal family.
    Violetoreo Violetoreo 18-21, F 6 hrs ago

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    To my father, my abuser for 25 years: I am writing to inform you that I know exactly who and what you are. Additionally, despite your many years of bullying & brainwashing...
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    I don't speak to most of my family. I am one of 7 children. Every single one of my siblings have been scarred by my dysfunctional parents and it's bizarre that they know our...
    silvercoatedbrass silvercoatedbrass 26-30, F 2 days ago

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    I'm amazed that family is still even together. I really envy my brother and sister who have already moved out. my dad is a perfectionist with anger, trust AND control issues, and...
    Azeazal Azeazal 16-17, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am grateful that they provided me with a house to live in and everything else to live off from but other than that I really don't like some my family. Some have made it clear...
    rcmh171822 rcmh171822 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I wish I knew what it felt like having a warm loving family. People who love you and are there for you no matter what the circumstances are. My family has broken me down to the...
    foreveralone22 foreveralone22 22-25, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    I just need to vent a little... My father-in-law is driving me bonkers. He asked his children, the four of them, for help. He's gotten to an age and health where he really can't...
    Ceraia Ceraia 36-40, F 8 Responses a week ago

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    Found out that my mom has $22,000 dollars out of the $150,000 from my dad's insurance since he got hit by a car in the 90s. The little she has she'll use towards her retirement...
    XxLionHeartxX XxLionHeartxX 18-21 2 Responses a week ago

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    im 15 and i live with my mum, step dad and their two kids (both much younger than me). my step dad and i dont get along at all. we fight alot and almost every time we fight my mum...
    sammiixx sammiixx 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Does that make sense ? :D I Want To Know who lives in France?? Please comment below :) I wanna know cause i live in France.. Thank youu EP family people!
    GaiaMD GaiaMD 13-15, F a week ago

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    I KNOW THIS IS QUITE LONG BUT I BEG YOU TO READ IT. I DESPERATELY NEED EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ASAP! I'm a 23 year old girl. I sadly still live with my family. Please don't disrespect me...
    PhTA PhTA 22-25 1 Response Jun 25