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“Is My Parent Disturbed?” How Unhealthy Parents Behave

parent photoCan you remember the impact of your childhood?

Can you remember how your father and mother (or guardian) treated you?

For most adults they have a pretty healthy and positive view of their parents. Most of the adults I see in counseling remember the good and the bad and the challenges but overall they report a positive experience.

Unfortunately, not everyone can remember or access a positive and healthy childhood. These individuals were traumatized by the kind of parent(s) they had.

In this short article and video, I discuss the behavioral characteristic of these unhealthy parents and how they tend to behave in the lives of their children.

Unhealthy parents with character disturbance tend to exhibit the following behaviors:

  1. Inflexible series of #behaviors, needs, & wants
  2. No ability to self-reflect and observe
  3. Pervasive pattern of #selfishness
  4. Labile symptoms over the lifespan

Raising a child with these characteristics can negatively impact the developing child in many ways. A few ways include but are not limited to creating:

  • low self-esteem
  • a substance abusing adolescent
  • a child who experiments with sex and sexual topics such as pornography
  • delinquency and conduct problems
  • psychological and emotional trauma

Unhealthy and personality disturbed parents can impact a child for the rest of his or her life.

For more on this topic, see the video below:

“Is My Parent Disturbed?” How Unhealthy Parents Behave

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. *Ms. Hill has moved all content to her other social media platforms. Take care!

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APA Reference
Hill, T. (2020). “Is My Parent Disturbed?” How Unhealthy Parents Behave. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 28, 2020, from


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