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For Young People and Others Who have a parent with mental illness

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World Association Of Young People and Others Who Have a Mentally Ill Parent

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What its really like coping with a mentally ill parent.

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Note: we have created two new forums for discussing "Coping with Parents Mental Health and Ageing" as well as "People who experience mental illness and have a parent with mental illness". To discuss these issues, please go here:

New forums

Note from the moderator admin. The WAYMI Forums are hosted via NNAAMI.
It is a Forum for you to post up information regarding your feelings about coping with the behaviour and demands of a parent who has a mental illness.

The Forum is for discussing with others What its Really Like.

Rules / Code of Conduct.

  • A Forum for young people and adults.
  • Chose a user name. - (Only use first name / user name),
  • Do not use identifying information or real names apart from age, your state or country.
  • Please remember dangerous people follow innocent young people using the internet.
  • Do not identify your address or email.
  • You can reply to others on this board and comment on others remarks.
  • Please respect others feelings and views and support each other.
  • Forum admin reserve the right to use any forum comments on the waymi or nnaami site.
  • Administrators reserve the right to ban any person.
  • Forum timezone = eastern standard.

  • This forum is exclusively for expressing the feelings, emotions, fears, concerns, and needs of young people and others who are coping with a mentally ill parent.

  • This forum is not designed or maintained for use by people who experience or have experienced a mental illness unless they also have a mentally ill parent. Other forums and internet sites exist and are available for the sufferers of mental illness.
  • Please respect the integrity of the forum by focusing only on the issues of coping with a mentally ill parent and the associated emotions and feelings that have been experienced.
  • It is not acceptable to direct or refer people to specific services, counselling or therapy in this forum. NNAAMI Administration?s written approval / permission must be sought before advertising or referring people to specific services, while posting on this forum.
  • Admin reserves the right to determine any unacceptable postings on this site, and warn people and or delete any unacceptable postings on this site without notice.
  • Users must report any concerns of offensive usage.
  • The views expressed on this site are not necessarily the views of WAYMI or NNAAMI.

Best Wishes,
Forum Moderator.


Jarvis Walker     Arlec

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The 'Forgotten People'

by Anna Malbon from the Progress Press October 22, 1996

WHEN nine-year-old "Tom" was asked to draw a picture of himself with his mother be drew her trying to strangle him.

Tom entered the world of adults too early. If he was ever immune to the complications and pain of life that adults try to shelter from children, he says he can't remember.

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What a relief to read your stories! It's only since I've read them that I see what an impact living with my sick mother has had on every aspect of my life. She has never been diagnosed. "Crazy as a Fox" is a term made for her. She is brilliant and outsmarts every professional that may diagnose and help her. I think she has borderline personality disorder, narcissism, ocd and she is without a doubt a hoarder. I live in the US. Today I received a letter saying that Indian child welfare has received a report about my family. My mother has contacted them 12 times in the last 8 years. I have been investigated 5 times for my parenting choices and each time have been found a loving, competent mother. I filed a restraining order against her 2 years ago because she called the police demanding to see my children while they were in day care. She showed up at my daughter's school every day last week. I allow her limited visitation with my children because she talks badly about me to them and is inappropriate and basically crazy. She told my younger son that she would love him more but I won't let her. Other members of my family have told me for years to cut her her completely out of our lives. This past June I let her stay in my home the entire month because she had no where else to go and yet she's telling my daughter's teachers that I don't allow her to see her grandchildren. I just turned 40 and it should be obvious to me that she will never be a mother to me. In her eyes I'm not her daughter but her enemy. In my heart I want a mom! Someone who has my back no matter what, who will help me and support me and help me raise my kids. I too have issues that I think stem from a lifetime of living with a sick woman. It is almost impossible for me to say no. Although I have a fulfilling life with awesome support n beautiful children I always feel unaccepted, never good enough or deserving of love. I have major trust issues. I think it's time for me to cut her out of our lives before she breaks us. Good luck to you all and thank you for sharing your stories! I always thought it was just me