Raising children has been labeled one of the most difficult jobs in the world! I can’t disagree.
So having a mental illness and trying to raise a family can sometimes feel impossible to manage.
As a result, some parents may fail to meet the needs of the child or simply give up.
But there are also those parents who simply don’t put in the effort and aren’t well enough to be a parent.
In this article, I will review and discuss the outcomes of adult children of mentally ill parents who don’t seek treatment.Understanding the impact that mentally unhealthy parents can have on their children can disheartening. To think that a child is being neglected, traumatized, abused, or depressed by an unhealthy parent is difficult to fathom. But it does happen.
It’s important for us to understand the research on children of a mentally ill parent so that we can identify the signs that they are in need. Thankfully, some research has been done on children and adult children of parents with mental illness. This is a population that rarely gets the attention it needs.
In the following video, I continue this conversation and define each challenge an adult child may expereince:
Have you experienced a parent like this? What was that like for you?
As always, I wish you well