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Challenges of Adult Children Of Mentally Unhealthy Parents

adult children of mentally ill parentsHaving a mental illness can be very difficult, especially when trying to raise a family.

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

Challenges of Adult Children Of Mentally Unhealthy Parents

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and internationally certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, Keynote speaker, and founder of Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth family consultation, feel free to let me know.

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Hill, T. (2020). Challenges of Adult Children Of Mentally Unhealthy Parents. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2020, from


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