I don't live at home anymore, as I studied abroad, but frequently come home during holidays.
During such return visit, and the ocassional visit by my family, I always get a good taste of my mother's uglier side.
I dont want to diagnose her myself, but can say that her bipolar and control freakish behaviour is affecting the whole family (my father and brother) for as long as I can remember. I would dare to even describe it as abusive; minor problems like a dirty plate forgotten on a kitchen counter can escalate into agressive full blown shout out, and in general there were moments where I really had to remind myself that, whoa, this is my mother. [more inside]
How to convince someone who may be schizophrenic to seek help? [more inside]
I need help in guiding my brother-in-law, who may be developmentally challenged, with some important life decisions. I am pretty much his only family contact, am at a bit of a loss, and not quite sure where to start; (slightly lengthy) details inside. [more inside]
I'm worried that my little sisters may be in an abusive situation, but don't know what's really going on or where I should go from here. [more inside]
How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
Metaintervention: My Mom tries to control everything at the cost of her health and personal relationships. Resistant to therapy. How can I persuade her to see things in a different, more reasonable light? [more inside]
physical health & mental health, 'secret' boyfriend, and my family... what do i do? [more inside]
How can I support my husband as he works through some issues? [more inside]
I just quit my (bad) job and have no new job to go to. I know I need to be proactively seeking work but I'm suffering from confidence problems and bad personal circumstances and finding it difficult. Any tips or similar stories? [more inside]
Parent with mental issues (in Maryland) at end of her rope... how do I help without enabling or having to provide long-term financial support? [more inside]
Bad memories are interrupting my life. What do I do and how do I cope with it? [more inside]
Help me move out of my family's house. [more inside]
How do I deal with my parents on limited resources without sending all of us into a fit? (likely to be TL;DR) [more inside]