Does your family drive you CRAZY?

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I'm living with my mother whose mind is going south and who is angry about it and tries to deny it to herself and everyone else. Yeah, she drives me crazy.

I just remind myself that it was a choice I made to be able to take care of her financially without giving up everything else in my life, and given alternatives it's worth it. Usually.
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They often annoy me, which is probably more about me being born a curmudgeon than it is about them, but that's mostly it. I don't see the ones who would drive me really crazy all that often, so it works out. And most of the craziness I do encounter doesn't directly affect me, so I just observe and judge.
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My parents and sisters drive me to drink, sometimes literally. I've been the family glue, caretaker, planner, mediator, problem solver, babysitter, etc since I was a kid. It's exhausting and has sucked the life out of me and made me at least slightly crazy.
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OMG Yes! They drive me insane!

I'm not even sure were to begin. Had I done everything right the first time and graduated college on time then I would be out on my own by now. So these past few years of annoyance and depression I blame on myself.

I'm the youngest in the family and also the only girl. Couple that with an overprotective and irrational father and physically and verbally abusive mother and anyone can see why I am prone to depression.

Because of my parents and the way I was raised I swore off the idea having children of my own. I'm too afraid that I'll mess them up somehow.

I could go on forever but I don't want to write a book.
Yes. They are great people and love me very much but I find the dynamic very toxic.


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Oh my, yes.

It's taken me years to get over feeling sad that I basically don't have any family (only one brother; parents deceased), and am therefore either the "extra" with friends or by myself on holidays (brother travels and is also a bit "challenging"). However, I've grown into it pretty well, though there are still some rough spots.

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Definitely! I was actually gonna start a thread about how I can have my parents loosen the reins on me. I am 25 and my parents are still very OVERPROTECTIVE! I live about 150 miles from them and they still try and keep tabs on me. I love them, but they really do drive me insane sometimes.
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Oh my, yes.

It's taken me years to get over feeling sad that I basically don't have any family (only one brother; parents deceased), and am therefore either the "extra" with friends or by myself on holidays (brother travels and is also a bit "challenging"). However, I've grown into it pretty well, though there are still some rough spots.
Originally Posted by claudine19
It's too bad you're not here. There's no such thing as "extra" on our holidays, just more people to help save us from an excess of leftovers!
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But at least the pews never attend yoga!
See, I use my vegetarianism as an excuse to avoid being that extra, but it's always nice to be invited.

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^ I'm sorry, Claudine.

My family (like this slow phone) can drive me crazy. The most insanity inducing moments have been provided by my fathers over protectiveness and his need to go off all his medications, for 2 weeks, 2 to 3x a year. He's a diabetic and a vietnam veteran with PTSD and depression. Considering that I am the only one who gets through go him, I have to spend all my time hounding him until he gets back on track. Fun times.

The other would be my brothers choices in wives. OMG! Awful, awful women. I could write 3 books. If it were not for my nephews and nieces, I would have been arrested- numerous times. At least drunk & crazy, steal your childrens birthday and christmas gift money to buy beer and drugs, was divorced. But she has graduated to stealing her sons tax refunds and going on drunken vacations. *****!!

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When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Oh, it's okay: I read what others go through, and I feel lucky to have peace.

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When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I am an only child and my parents live out of state. they are old now and my father has been very ill for years.

Mostly, they aren't bad but my mother and I had a falling out several months ago and I am still not over it.

She's coming out for a seven-day visit tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing her and so are the kids. But it will be awkward for me, bc she never apologized, I don't think she really understands why I was mad and I am pretty sure the same situation that caused the initial argument will come up again.

But mostly I like them and I enjoy seeing my extended family...though that doesn't happen too often bec everyone lives so far apart.
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My parents and sisters drive me to drink, sometimes literally. I've been the family glue, caretaker, planner, mediator, problem solver, babysitter, etc since I was a kid. It's exhausting and has sucked the life out of me and made me at least slightly crazy.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
This is me, but you forget banker, money lender, go-for and even scapegoat
Oh, it's okay: I read what others go through, and I feel lucky to have peace.
Originally Posted by claudine19
I think you should come over and be forced to endure the madness with me. There are enought vegetarians that food won't be a valid excuse
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Scrills, you know I can't do enough for you. Anytime you need me, I'm there.

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Yes. To try to make this short as I've ranted about them on this board before, I have been cast as the family caretaker, problem solver, babysitter and money lender for as long as I can remember. I haven't fulfilled all those roles at all times, but all of it drains and angers me. Most of my immediate family don't even live in the same state that I do and they still manage to annoy me at times. I can only distance myself so much before they try to pull me back in (to semi-quote "The Godfather III).
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Yes, which is why I really don't have much 'family' at this point.

My parents both live out of state, and I don't have relationships with the family members that live around me, so I am actually here alone.

My mother and I are close, but she can be a little crazy, and bipolar. For the most part we get along, but occasionally she goes through crazy periods and we don't speak. But she's had a disturbing life and I'm the only family she has, so I stick around and deal with it.

My dad and I get along, but we're not super close b/c of he wasn't around much when I was a child. I talk to him once every 2 weeks usually.

The rest of my family lives nearby, but they're all a bunch of crazies. Very manipulative, and drama causing people that have some serious issues of their own and I choose not to be around them. I decided a few years ago that they do more harm than good.

I'm pretty used to being alone, and it's much easier than dealing with the family drama.

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