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Topic: poisonous relations

  1. Guest_3712
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    Hi all,

    is it just me or does it appear to others that everything seems to be against you when you are battling this disease. You make a conscious decision to address one or more of your triggers, and then Wham! something happens to start it all over again.

    As you all know  I have spent many many hours with my psych working out my triggers and how to deal with the demons that come with them. I have recently decided to severely limit my interaction with my family and in particular with my mother and one sister.

    I almost felt I was getting to a place where the hurt wasn't quiet as raw, and the rejection didn't make my anxiety peak until yesterday. I received a text early in the morning from one sister advising me our mother had been taken to hospital in an unconscious state ( she resides permanently in a nursing home).

    So of course instant panic and I prepare to drop everything to rush to her side( 2 hour drive). I was aware I had a psych appointment in the afternoon and desperately wanted to keep it as I need that regular support. I waited till lunch time and when my sister let me know my mother was stable I decided to go to psych.

    the battle I had going on inside me about whether I had made the right decision or not had me in quiet a state by the time I arrived for appointment. My psych was proud of me for resisting the urge to once again try and gain 'brownie points' or be the best daughter by rushing there.

    My resolve was slipping though and despite the sensible side of me knowing it would not enhance my relationship with my mother to go I was sorely doubting my decision. I said to my psych over and over that it didn't matter what she had done to me, she was my mother and I should be there. His concern as always was that the constant rejection and disdain my mother showed me would ultimately  break me.

    my other trigger is my need to be needed. I have always been the family organiser, the go to sibling. I organise all family events , almost to a manic level. I am obsessed with the need to keep the family together as much as possible. I am currently exploring the reasons behind this too, and have consciously dropped out and not done any organising- the result being no-one else does it.

    Anyway half way through my session I received a phone call from my uncle to let me know my last living aunt had passed away. OMG ! it was like someone had flipped a switch. Straight away I was telling my uncle don't worry I will be over asap , I will help organise things and I will let all of my sibs know. I then advised him that my mother was in hospital and maybe shouldn't tell her, blah, blah .

    When I hung up my psych was just staring at me . there I was receiving therapy for major, control issue among other things and in one moment I had forgot everything. It's not like there isn't anyone else who can do these things, it's just that I think it has to be me- obviously these behaviours stem from the issues in my childhood which I won't go into .

    I need to get this balance right. I need to accept my mother is never going to give me what I want , she will never change and I am destroying and wasting my life hoping otherwise. My previously fractured relationship with one sister is beyond repair and the hurt is so painful at times it's physical.

    I have at the moment decided not to jump in car and race down to see mother, right or wrong I don't know. I think I am going to hurt either way. It is just so hard to cut family out of my life, even though it seems that most if not all of my issues stem from these poisonous relationships.

    My husband supports my decision because although he doesn't know the extent of my problems he has seen the rejection and the hurt it causes me. I don't know how long I am going to be able to stay strong though as I know the guilt I would feel should she pass away without me seeing her would be devastating.

    I know a lot of my friends here on BB are facing similar issues so maybe can see something I maybe missing.

    thanks for listening

    Stressless

  2. Jo3
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    29 April 2014 in reply to Guest_3712

    Hi Stressless,

    Firstly can I say that I hope you mum will be okay, you know even though you have been through so much heartache in the years your mum is still your mum.  And I know that I would most likely drive 2 hrs to see my mum as well. But I am glad that you didn't rush off straight away and you still got to have your psych session, that is control - well done.

    You and me!! OMG

    I am exactly like you in doing all the family stuff, organising christmas, easter, get togethers it WAS always me.  But since all my abuse stuff came out 4 yrs ago that has changed.

    And like you I still have this thing that I have to prove to my mum and dad that I am a good daughter.  But they don't act or behave in a way that I so much want them to.

    You know Stressless, the more I read about you and your family the more I can see myself and my family.  And it hurts, it hurts so damn much.

    I am feeling for you so much Stressless that I am sending you a big warm hug.

    At the moment I have the same dilemma - talk to my parents or not talk to them or accept the way they are.  But I will write this in a new post; not on here.

    Strressless, take care, I am thinking of you

    Jo xxx

  3. Guest_3712
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    30 April 2014 in reply to Jo3

    Hi Jo,

    thanks for your response .

    not sure what to do. I am guilt ridden, but angry as well

    I am hurt and sad .

    be kind to yourself

    Stressless

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    30 April 2014 in reply to Guest_3712

    dear Stressless, I am sorry about your mother, and being in a nursing home is she capable of knowing what is going on with herself at the moment.

    What you have to do is to balance up what has happened with this relationship over the past and how much damage it has caused you, and whether by going to see her, it is going to change anything between either of you.

    What you have said is 'my mother is never going to give me what I want', so basically you have answered your own question, and if this what you believe then her condition would make no difference.

    You may feel upset that she is unconscious and at hospital, but the balance isn't even now, as she has made no effort to contact you in your own time while in depression. L Geoff. x

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    Dear Stressless;

    Really great post that you’ve provided – with so many heartfelt thoughts shared.

    You ARE doing the right thing.  Separating yourself from people who continually cause you stress and bring you down (Jo, I hope you’re reading this as well).  These people are toxic to you and let’s face it, they don’t care about you (which is awfully tough and please forgive me for saying it – whoops, I’ve already said it), but they don’t.  If they did, you wouldn’t be faced with these dilemmas that you’re now having to confront.

    I put this question to you (and I think you already know the answer, as I believe it’s already happened to you) and the question is:  “What if you were to be admitted to hospital?  And say you’re there for a period of time – between 3-5 days or so – WOULD you get a visit from your mother?   Sister?”  I’m pretty sure the answer is a definite, “No” – they wouldn’t go and visit you.  Then WHY do you feel compelled to visit them?  To be there for them? 

    Now before you say, “But I’m not them – I’m a caring person who loves them as relations should” – and you know what, I 100% agree with you in most situations, but NOT this.  Why?   Because of the background here – if you had a ‘normal’ parent/daughter relationship’ (I put that in quotes because who knows what normal really is) – then YES you should be there, as they would be there for you.

    But in this case Stressless, I guess my advice is to abandon (not have anything to do with mother/sister) this avenue of your life (but only after you’ve read my last paragraph).  I know it’s so easy for an outsider to come and say, but I do have ‘some’ experience in this – as in, I do have a brother (by blood) who I have removed from my life – despite massive arguings from my mum about this, but he had to go – he was toxic to MY health and I’ve felt so much better for doing this.  It’s been over 6 years now and that’s one stressor that I was able to take care of.

    You know, taking that call when you had your psych session I thought was really good – it gave your psych the perfect insight to just how you are and how you respond to things like these when they crop up.  That would have given your psyche plenty of good pointers to work on addressing.

    Ok, you’ve now got some major factors to weigh up – but just before I get to that you’ve mentioned:  that you will be hurt either way, if you do go see her, you’ll be no doubt facing immediate hurt by the fact that she won’t acknowledge you or something along those lines (but that is her hurting you to a degree – although my psyche would argue, that it is still you hurting yourself with how you react to the situation – as in you could go there and feel “ok” that you’ve been there to see her and if she ignores you, then that’s her problem – not yours and if you don’t let it affect you, then you’ve had a major win)  Boy oh boy, I hope that hasn’t confused you at all.

    I think that I’ve just then answered my “other suggestion” that I was going to propose to you – and that is in response to you wondering whether you should go and see her.  I believe that you should – go and visit her because as you’ve suggested if something awful was to happen, then it’d be devastating for you and if something did happen, well, there’s no other option for you then - there's no turning back and all you'll be left with is the old "if only".  But now you have the option – go visit, with no expectations, but also that you’ll be strongly aware that things will no doubt still be the same – but as long as you’re aware of that, that should be ok.  But by visiting her, this will then put you in a much stronger position to move forward without having any possible guilt feelings looming over you in the future.

    Stressless, I’ve re-read my post and it all seems to be highly pointed and “telling” you this and “telling” you that – as opposed to providing you with suggestions and possibilities etc.  So please accept my apologies for being too blunt here – and rearrange things so that they are suggestions that you might wish to consider.

    Kind regards

    Neil

  6. Guest_3712
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    30 April 2014 in reply to Neil_1

    Dear Neil, Geoff

    thanks so much for your support once again and I will respond but I would like to read through again first.

    I would like to share something with you first. Something I only have ever told my psych

    It is something that has left me conflicted for 15 years and with Mothers Day approaching I know I am in for a torrid time.

    I was very lucky that my mother in law was the exact opposite to my mother. She welcomed me into the family as a daughter and we enjoyed a very close relationship. She was warm, affectionate, caring and loved her grandchildren to bits. 

    Unfortunately she had several bouts of cancer and her health was poor. One day my kids came home from school and found her on the floor. She had tripped over and as we soon found out she had broken her hip.

    In hospital they prepared to operate, but on opening her up found she was riddled with cancer, stomach and bowel. there was no point operating. we were devastated.

    She quickly declined and was unconscious most of the time. It was the Saturday before Mothers Day and I was managing a ladies boutique at the time and we were hugely busy and I was exhausted. I thought about going straight home but then something made me visit my m.i.l in hospital.

    When I entered her room she was sitting up in bed, bright as a button fully conscious and aware. I was astounded and quickly called all the family to come in and see her. I was able to have some precious time with her alone before everyone came.

    She held my hand and told me how much she loved me and how happy I had made her and her son. Having never been told I was loved by either of my parents I was overcome with emotion, but realized I had been given an awesome opportunity that most people never get .

    so I told her how much I loved her and would miss her so much. I told her I loved her more than my mother and I wished she had been in my life longer.  She told me she would always be part of my life.

    All the family were able to say goodbye that day while she was still conscious. The next day was Mothers Day. She did not regain consciousness, but I know she willed herself not to pass on this day or the  next which was my son's birthday.

    Two days after Mothers day she passed away. I thought my heart would break. that was 15 years ago and even writing this now the tears are streaming down my face. Come mothers Day I do all the right things for my mum, buy present , organise a visit or lunch or something but my heart isn't in it.

    I find it hard to find a suitable card as most of them express thanks for things I never had and my words to my mother in law on her death bed, that I loved her more than my own mum always rings in my ears and I am disgusted with what an awful daughter I am. This guilt threatens to consume me.

    sorry I just needed to share

    Stressless

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    30 April 2014 in reply to Guest_3712

    Hi Stressless, 

    I just wanted to say you are in my thoughts. Thankyou for sharing that precious story with us. It must have felt like puling teeth writing it, but if I could give you a big hug right now i would. Family can be a real pain sometimes, as seems to be a theme around here lately. 

    Fortunately so etimes family, the ones choose to keep and the ones we create, two legged or four can give us the greatest joy.

    GA

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    Hi Stressless

    Thanks for sharing that special story.  I can just imagine how hard this must have been to type.  I understand what you're saying, where you're coming from.

    Family - they are so difficult sometimes (no most of the times).

    Sending you a big hug, thinking of you my friend

    Take care

    Jo xxx

  9. Guest_3712
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    30 April 2014 in reply to Girl_Anachronism

    Hey GA,

    I appreciate your comforting words as always.

    yes it was very hard to post my story as I really struggle with so many mixed emotions about my relationships - past and present.

    Take care and

    be Kind to yourself

    Stressless

  10. Guest_3712
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    30 April 2014 in reply to Jo3

    Hey Jo,

    I appreciate your thoughts but you really should just look after yourself. I read your last post and you don't seem to be coping well.

    So I am returning your hug and adding another. Jo there must be a way for us to live in peace, and be at peace with our choices.

    Geoff and Neil have given me lots to think about and most of it applies to you too,

    How do we know if we are making the right decision?

    Be kind to yourself

    Stressless

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    dear Stressless, well that was a beautiful story, and your mother in law must have been a lovely lady, it's so sad that when someone we dearly love passes away, it leaves us with a void that can not be filled.

    Please don't disappoint this beautiful memory. L Geoff. x

  12. Guest_3712
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    hi Geoff,

    thanks for your insight and as always you make some good points. In fact you say pretty much what my psych has been telling me.

    My mother is still in control of her faculties and knows what is going on around her. Sometimes she may be a little vague or forget things but otherwise ok. She was prone to dizzy spells and blacking out and now we know it is a heart issue.

    She is now conscious and stable so the urgency I felt to rush down has abated. My psych says I have to admit why I am doing this. He says it's not for her but for me. I have this need to be the good child, still seeking approval and praise.

    He also tells me it will never happen. Part of me knows this is true but damn I still hope for that happy ending, where she tells me she's sorry and loves me. It's my fantasy world I guess where I feel loved and safe- unfortunately it is not real life.

    be kind to yourself  geoff

    Stressless

  13. Guest_3712
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    dear Neil,

    thanks for your reply. You hit the nail on the head several times. I just had to take time to absorb and then I thought I would write about my mother in law so maybe this would help explain my guilt and thought process.

    Yes I know now that these relationships are toxic and I don't need them in my life, but accepting this as you say is hard.

    I have had over 10 major surgeries over the last 10 years and my mother has not visited me once. ( you know until you mentioned that I hadn't even thought about it- not consciously anyway.) I have also as you know had 5 admissions to psych hospital and again no contact at all. Wow what does that tell me?

    When I have this conversation with my psych and yes I do say," Just because they're like that doesn't mean I have to be. Family is family and we should be there...." This is when he asks me why am I doing this. Not for my mum but for me..

    My continual need to be loved and needed and cherished as a daughter makes me throw all logic out the window. I haven't gone to see her yet and i'm working all week so will not be able to go before next week. My older sib who I no longer talk to is with her now, so I guess I won't be missed.

    having had that amazing experience with my mother in law when she was dying, makes me hope this would happen with my own mother. My psych says this is my fantasy world and it won't happen ever. I am scared I will never recover from this ultimate rejection and wonder if I am better off staying away.

    Cheers Neil, hope you are travelling ok and

    Be kind to yourself

    Stressless

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    Dear Stressless

    Thank you so much for sharing that absolutely wonderful story.  That time spent with your mother-in-law will be with you forever and it’s memories like this that can give so much benefit and positiveness to us. 

     I know we’ve all got our evil and horrible memories of terrible past events and they are burned into our memory banks (our hippocampus), but if we can harness in and hold on tight to the wonderful times like you shared with us, I believe that these can go a long way to helping us on our path forward.

    Now Stressless (and yes, please try that a bit more often) :)  you are not an awful daughter.  You simply shared the exact feelings with your mother-in-law about how you honestly feel – totally genuine and true.  BUT if your mother was a different person, if she was more like the person your mother-in-law was, then you would have opened up from the get-go about how you felt about her and how wonderful she was, etc etc.  But she’s not that kind of person and as a result, how could you feel anything else towards her.  She hasn’t given you the chance, the opportunity and that is no-one else’s problem, no-one else’s fault except hers.  Unfortunate and troubling as it is, this is just the way some people are – I wish I could know why they are this way, but that’s not to be.  (This is the very same situation that Jo is faced with also).  And yet if you were to ask them about how they are and how they performed their role as being a mother, I bet they’d say that they were great. 

    Anyway these words aren’t helping out at all. You have absolutely NOTHING to be guilty about – guilt usually is associated with things or events that have happened that has been caused by the person who is feeling guilty.  You have done nothing to cause any event being bad – you need to absolve yourself of these kinds of feelings – because they’ll continue to stab at you and inflict pain to you when there should be NO stabbing taking place at all.

    This coming Mother’s Day, my suggestion is to buy a very nice ‘blank card’ and you fill it in from there.  Dear Mum, Wishing you a lovely Mother’s Day and hope that you are soon feeling better, love Stressless.  (ok ok, you probably aren’t known as Stressless around the family circle, but you can fill in what you feel is appropriate there). 

    Also, that is just Neil doing one of Neil’s things and providing a suggestion – feel free to do with it, what you will.

    Thank you again for your really wonderful post that you wrote.

    Neil

    Ps:  I’ve just seen your latest response and thought I’d just chip in with regard to your final part of that post. “I am scared I will never recover from this ultimate rejection and wonder if I am better off staying away.”

     I think this is one of the key issues for you and that IS the “going to visit” part or the “better off staying away” part. 

    Only you can really know the answer to that, however if it’s been a lifetime of disappointment provided to you by your mother, I believe there’s no way that she’s going to change her manner now. 

    I also think that you WILL recover and you will be able to find peace with the way she’s treated you – it won’t be easy and it won’t be a quick process;  it’ll be a little like sculpting a large block of ice – where you’ll just chip bits off along your journey. 

    The main thing to know here is that you are a wonderful, loving, caring, thoughtful, kind, considerate (need I go on, I’m hoping you’re getting the picture here :) person – AND moreover, daughter to your mother.  You’ve displayed this all the way through and yet the same feelings haven’t been reciprocated – and as sad, hurtful, disappointing, awful (need I go on, I’m hoping you’re getting the picture here :) that that all is to you – you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve done nothing to create this. 

     This is just purely the way your mother is ‘hard-wired’ (and who knows, maybe it was the way she was bought up? – things we’ll never ever know) – this is who she is and there will be nothing that will ever change that.

    Whoops, sorry Stressless, my ps:  got a bit too carried away with – but I’m just trying to infiltrate into your inner psyche/your inner thoughts and for those technical lovers amongst us, I’m trying to extract from your hippocampus (where long term memory is stored in the brain) these deep-seated feelings of regret that you have with regard to your mother – removing them from there and taking them away to a rubbish bin – or a shredder, so that you’ll be able to move forward without these nasty, stressful thoughts/images.

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    Hi SL

    Reading your story was like reading mine, almost to the letter...

    I am a nurse and in my experience very few people die suddenly, we usually give the family plenty of notice if we think the decline is major.  I can't imagine what you are going through with this dilemma, my heart bleeds for you truly.

    It's a feeling of "you wouldn't care if I lived or died so why do you expect me to?"  Then there's the guilt of when they have cared and done "their best" as people love to say.  I say stay in contact because it will eat you up more if you're not there in the end.  Find the deepest love and forgiveness you can....because it's a gift to YOURSELF...that you could find LOVE at such a heart breaking time.  if you don't those feelings of guilt will only increase.  I call my family FIFOS (for important functions only), but I can't bring myself to send a mother's Day card either.  I guess I will.

    Anyway, that's just my experience...keep your distance for the most part but be there when it's really expected/needed.

    Best of luck, strength and peace...if you were raised right, you wouldn't be having these issues...just so hard to see that ourselves I know.  There's no mistaking real love though is there..

    L :)

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    Hi Stressless

    I am confused, why can't we all live a happy and peaceful life without all this rubbish from our family. And then we feel guilty - why? why?

    I'm sorry I don't know what else to say at the moment, I need to stop. Maybe I should stop everything in my life. It's so not fair, family - who needs them.  I am angry, frustrated, emotional, sad, depressed and feel that my trauma of the abuse has come back again to get me again. I don't want this trauma, i don't want to see it again, that session with my psych on tuesday has set off a terrible few days.

    I'm sorry to hijack your post, I hope you're doing okay.

    Thinking of you

    Jo xx

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    Hi Light9,

    thanks so much your post was very insightful and I loved your acronym  FIFOS. I know what you are saying about finding forgiveness and it being a gift to me To not carry this burden, this guilt would be awesome.

    I think you are right about keeping my distance. Like Geoff said the balance isn't right. ,I'm sorry you are suffering with the same issues

    be kind to yourself

    Stressless

     

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    Hi friends,

    I love the anonymity of masks.

    Today I have chosen the mask of confidence. This has a trim of self esteem and  around the edges is a flourish of hope and happiness. It takes me 3hours to fit this properly before I set off for work.

    Alas as the day goes on the mask begins to fade and wilt and the true me will be revealed within moments of reaching home.

    According to my family I am selfish, ungrateful, and self absorbed drama queen.

    Maybe they are right, otherwise why the need for different masks?

    Stressless

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    Dear Ess Elle (get it S L - short for Stressless - ohhhhh some days)

    Whoa whoa whoa - "according to your family ...", um may I ask 'which family'?   Surely not your 'own' inner circle family ... it'd be your 'extended' family yeah and by extended I call them your siblings and your mother.

    Sorry, just had to ask, that's all.

    Neil

    ps:  sorry about the over-sized rant I went on with yesterday.  Quiet day at the office, you see.

     

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    My Dear Stressless

    What a sad comment to make when you were begining to come to terms with your mother's attitude.  It's not what your family think but what you think.  You say your psych has asked why you want to do things like rush off to your mother's side.  Is it for you or your mother?  This is such a hard thing to answer.  If you say for your mother then you are probably denying the truth and keeping alive a forlorn hope that you will be acknowledged.  But when you admit it is for yourself you become consumed with guilt and grief.

    Such a hard place to be.  Just like those who have answered above, I can relate to your situation.  No matter what I did it was of no interest to my mother.  My brothers were number one and my sister who has a disability.  My other sister and I were left out in the cold and this has hurt for many, many years. Mom manipulated us so that she did not have to deal with things that went wrong and this resulted in all sorts of barriers and disagreements in the family.  Because of this my siblings thought I was an awful person and it has taken many years to be reconciled with them.

    I was not at her bedside when she died.  My family live in the UK.  So no further opportunity to be told she loved me.  I cried for months, not so much for her death, but because I would never have her approval.  And I still feel bad about it.  It is destructive and useless and I am becoming more resigned, but I think I will never truly get over it.  Just learn to live with it.  Not much comfort for you I know, but understanding the situation helps enormously.

    Please take care.  Continue to talk to us.

    White Rose

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    Hey Neil,

    love your work. don't apologise ever. I absorb every word - don't necessarily believe you at the moment though.

    yes by family I mean my extended family. those that gave birth to me and those that were unlucky enough to share the same gene pool.

    Stressless ( Ess Elle- cool)

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    dear Stressless, everybody has their own flaws in life, and depression doesn't have to be the greatest flaw of all, so don't judge this illness as the worst weakness of all.

    To other people I know going to bed very shortly is my greatest flaw of all, they take this as a weakness and can't understand why I have to, so to them, it's my greatest weakness, but then I look at it this way, it's what suits me, and that's what counts.

    I can't push my limits just to suit them, and if I did, what for, I won't get any thanks for doing so, because with depression I have to do what is convenient for me. L Geoff. x

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    Dear Ess Elle  :)

    You know something that Geoff wrote twigged something in my mind that I now wish to say out loud.

    And I do hope others are listening (reading):

    "If I had the choice to be like say your mother (mind-wise) or Jo's mother (mind-wise) and there are so many others out there (sister's etc) - if I was given the choice to be living on earth like 'that' and be free of mental illness or to live with depression, I would choose depression".

    Neil

     

     

  24. Light9
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    2 May 2014 in reply to Guest_3712

    I have two words SCAPE GOAT...I bet you were made one too.

    It's not your fault you weren't willing to put up with major dysfunction!!!

    Stay strong SL, your Mum sounds very detached and cold I'm sorry, I hope you are coping ok.

    Go the masks I say, whatever gets you through...

    L :)

  25. Mares73
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    2 May 2014 in reply to Guest_3712
    My dear Stressless I have had you in my thoughts & with dismay noticed that several replies I'd written to you have not shown up. I've realized them I pad is there problem-but luckily I can use my phone to reply despite it being slow & annoying so forgive my spelling errors. So so much of what you have written re your longing for a deeper, closer, honest & understanding relationship with your mum is exactly how I feel. I am them eldest & grew up in an alcoholic family where my mother was so busy trying to please my father that all responsibilities fell to me. I was also abused by my dad & my mother was told by my school teachers except she decided I was making it up as she was blinded by their awful codependent relationship. So she took me to a Dr when I was 8 & got me put on antidepressants for things like my bedwetting, my crying to have a lock on my bedroom door etc. She said I was imagining things. My father came & went as it suited him & by age 13 I was expected to leave school & get work to support the family financially. I remember doing everything I could to hear her say she loved me or to show affection but it never happened. When I moved out at 19 & was working she would ring religiously every Thursday (payday) & speak different to me & say she loved me-followed always by a request for money. I did it for years then I started counseling & realized she wasn't capable of showing love & affection. She could never say it ever-id end each ph call by saying "I love you mum" & she would always follow with a complete change of topic such as "let's hope we get some rain soon". Over their years I've learnt to finally accept she will never be able to be the mother who shows any interest in me or my life & is never going to express love to me. Even during my last breakdown where she saw me so low & probably got her first realization that maybe after all it was an illness, she has never asked or read anything about depression. Her attitude since I was young had been ingrained in my mind-"feelings don't matter" & "you only get hurt in life if your silly enough to believe that your feelings mean anything of significance-its what you do that matters-who could be selfish enough to think about how they feel-you have to get on with life no matter what happens so don't indulge yourself by thinking how you feel matters to anyone-people who just get on with life & don't spend anytime going over what's happened/happening are mentally them healthiest. Mary if you keep yourself constantly busy you won't have time to indulge on thoughts about life-just get on with it-im never going to sit down & talk with you about what's happened in life-just a waste of time". But despite her inability to even acknowledge my depression (which she believes is selfinduced) I kept trying to "please her" many timesaat there expense of my own family. I'd cry so often, wondering what else I could do to gain her approval & love. She still comes in Totten on a Thurs once a f/night and it's no surprise it has to always be that day-yes my pay day. So I did an experiment & told her a month ago that I could only see her Wednesdays rather than Thursday-and ofccourse, despite the fact that she was available she has not been to see me since. Stress less I can really relate to the hurt & the fact we do everything to be the "perfect daughter", we are "people pleasers" who take on the hurt & rejectionalways hoping & craving for our mothers love, acceptance & affection. But sadly it's a fact that our mothers are unable to provide those things & we waste precious time which we could spend with our immediate family. It think is like a viscous cycle-we end up "needing to be needed" by our mothers as it's the only waytto sustain some for of a relationship. But it's not a fulfilling relationship & I don't think in my case anyway that there could ever be the relationship I've spent much time grieving over. I've had to let go of my need for my mums love, acceptance & affection. Yes it still hurts but it also gives me back a large part of myself & stops the constant grieving. For me acceptance of limits was only way to cope. I really feel for you & you've had a challenging time in so many ways-but your such a strong, courageous insightful wonder of a woman. And you deserve better. Sending you a big hug, Lve Maresxxxx
  26. Jo3
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    2 May 2014 in reply to Mares73

    Hey Stressless & Mares

    You know I have the exact same problem - trying to please my mum or to get her approval or for her to say I love you Jo, just a few words - but I will never ever get that from her or from my dad.

    I feel for both of you so much because I know exactly what it's like to feel rejected, abandoned and not loved.  I know what it feels like to have other siblings being given special treatment from parents and not me - and that hurts me so so much.

    Why do we have this thing where we need to be the "best daughter", the ones who need approval. 

    My mum never had a relatiionship with her mum and I now have not a fantastic relationship with her so i guess history is repeating. But i will try my best to have a great relationship with my daughter and I know our relationship is different - it's close and we have fun at times. I will not do what my mum did to me or my childrren - I will be different.

    It hurts so deep to not have that affection, love, nurture and acceptance from our mums.

    But you know both of you are strong women who will get through this, you will get through your traumas.

    I am thinking of both of you and sending you some of my huge hugs, pls take care

    your friend (emotional) Jo

    xxxx

  27. Guest_3712
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    3 May 2014 in reply to White Rose

    Hi White Rose,

    Thanks for sharing your story. it seems there is quiet a club of us here.

    I guess I am still in the early stages of understanding / accepting this . My depression has had many stages and many triggers , this is just the latest and maybe the hardest.

    with the physical pain I was usually able to get some relief, be it creating another problem with drugs. But this pain  is different .It is deep within . it flows through my veins and has no where to escape except via my depression and anxiety.

    I am sorry you weren't there when your mum died and I guess it's hard not knowing if it would have made a difference to you. I don't know.

    I agree it's destructive and my psych has said many times I need to focus on my own family and let it go. It's so hard isn't it.?

    Be Kind to yourself

    Stressless

  28. Guest_3712
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    2003 posts
    3 May 2014 in reply to geoff

    Hey Geoff,

    You're right as usual . Depression isn't the worst thing is it?  Racism and bigotry are way up there, as are  all crimes against children and women. I'm not a thief or a murderer , so I shouldn't feel too bad in the overall scheme of things should I ?

    And yet............

    Thanks Geoff as usual you have given me something to think about

    Be kind to yourself too

    Stressless

     

  29. Guest_3712
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    3 May 2014 in reply to Neil_1

    Dear Neil,

    You and Geoff have made a good point but I don't think I am quiet there.

    Depression has taken so much from me , and even though I have obviously lived my entire life in denial there is something comforting in not facing things. I mean really what have I gained by dragging all this stuff up .

    I feel worse about myself. All the traits I thought I had have just been fronts for coping and covering things up. What's left? A fifty something woman still running to mummy for a morsel of love or approval.

    I don't know anymore. Maybe these things are better left where they belong Buried deep, deep within.

    Neil are you going Ok? Hope you are looking after yourself and always

    Be kind to yourself

    Ess Elle ( Stressless)

  30. Guest_3712
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    3 May 2014 in reply to Light9

    Hi Light9,

    Yes you are right I was definitely the scape goat. Maybe I should add that to my moniker Neil ( Ess Gee! scape  goat) .

    You know most of the time it was by choice Light9, I couldn't bare to see my sibs in trouble or being hurt so I would throw myself in there and take the flak.

    Even now I continue to accept the responsibility for everything that goes wrong in the family, it's easier I guess to continue the behaviour you know.

    Be kind to yourself Light9

    Stressless

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