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    I've just read this article from the times online


    about a woman's experience of living with her mentally ill mother.
    From the comments it has so far received it seems to be a fairly common thing... I was just wondering if anyone here has a parent who is/has been mentally ill, and if so how you think it has affected you...?

    Personally, my mother had acute psychosis a few years ago after a long bout of depression due to divorce, and was hospitalised for a month or so. Luckily we had a very strong support system (after the initial break down of normality) and she was soon back at home, but even now she still thinks that some of her wilder ramblings were true (she still thinks there is a 'they' behind everything and is convinced the whole of my father's side of the family defrauded her). For a good while the role of carer was reversed and I spent time looking after her, which I think made us more like sisters than mother and daughter, although I don't think we're particularly close, as I never quite know when to believe her/when she's having a 'bad day' and letting the old theories come back to haunt her.

    my mum has Dissociative Identity Disorder (you may have heard of it as multiple personality disorder). and for me it became much easier once i found out that was what she had, rather than just being really confused by what was going on. now i dont live at home any more, but i do spend time worrying about my littler siblings that do, and feel guilty for having had to leave. its a hard thing to live with a person with it sometimes.

    my dad also has tourettes syndrome, which is classed as a neuropsychiatric disorder i think. i dont think of him as mentally ill tho, just annoying at times - the first time i see him after being away for a while it takes me a bit to get used to being around him a lot again.

    i think its made me a more caring and accepting person in general is about all. but then i have a brother who is autistic, so even if my parents were not affected as they are i think i would be a caring and acepting person. so i dont really know.
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