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The 'Forgotten People' Print E-mail
Written by Anna Malbon   

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. Image

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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Family Madnesses Print E-mail
Written by Kimina Lyall   

by Kimina Lyall Features section page 4, The Weekend Review, September 21,22, 1996, "The Australian".

Many children of mentally ill parents never realised that the violence inflicted on them during their youth was abnormal. Kimina Lyall meets a group of people trying bring their childhood out into the open.

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Coping with mental illness. Print E-mail
Written by CLAUDELLE SHAW   
by CLAUDELLE SHAW
Progress Press

 
CHILDHOOD memories of coping with a parent suffering from mental illness have made Malvern father David Smith, (not his real name), determined that his children will not suffer the same fate.
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The loneliness and trauma of coping with the mentally ill. Print E-mail
Written by Sian Watkins   

By Sian Watkins, The Melbourne Age, 10 August 1996, page A6 

They give exemptions to VCE students who break arms and legs, but not to boys whose mothers slash their wrists with cheap, blunt kitchen knives and who wake their sons at night to tell them they have overdosed.

James, studying for his final-year VCE, lives in a big country town. His mother has bipolar disorder and he has spent most of the past two years alone in their housing commission home while his mother has been in and out of hospital.

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The mental health system is failing some children, experts warn. Print E-mail
Written by CHLOE SALTAU   

By CHLOE SALTAU
13 August 2001
From The Melbourne Age

 Some depressed children at serious risk of suicide are not being psychiatrically treated because of difficulties gaining consent in the mental health system, says a national welfare body.

The National Network of Adult and Adolescent Children who have a Mentally ill Parent has written to the Victorian Government about the case of a 15-year-0ld girl whose parents suffer from severe psychiatric disorders.

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Featured Articles

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.
Read more...

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Crazy as a Fox

"I always feel unaccepted, never good enough or deserving of love, I have major trust issues"

"I always thought it was just me"

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

Rosie
USA