I Have a Parent with Bipolar Disorder and It’s Ruining My Life

Growing up with a parent who has bipolar disorder can be a traumatic experience, but it doesn’t have to define you

Raised by a single mother with bipolar disorder, *Beth grew up walking on eggshells, perennially terrified of  inadvertently setting off a parental explosion.

My patient recalled, “If I walked in five minutes late from school she might throw a glass at my head for worrying her.  When my mother was in her depressed mode my job was to take care of her.  Surviving my childhood was a full-time job.”

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