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.
And actually passed?