Welcome, grown daughters with problem mothers!
Are you a grown woman with a lifelong frustrating, difficult or abusive relationship with your mother? If so, you are not alone! Many mother/daughter relationships are not what they should be.
Many women have grown up physically and/or emotionally and/or even sexually abused by the one person everyone should be able to trust- their mothers. For many women, the effects of the abuse (or abuse itself) continue into their adult years, leading to trouble with self-esteem, ability to trust, intimacy issues, poor choices or even drug or alcohol abuse.
A lot of women who have experienced this pain continue living in this dysfunction, often blaming their mothers for how their lives have turned out, well into their adult years. Many also continue the cycle of abuse with their own children.
There are other women, however, who realize that although their experiences explain why they the way they are, that is no reason to stay in that dysfunction. They realize they are damaged from the abuse they have suffered, and do not want to continue to function in that state. They want to improve themselves. They also wish to do their best to survive the still demanding relationship with their mothers. If that describes you, then this website is for you!
***Before you read further, I want you to be aware that although I have included a lot of information on this site, I am NOT a mental health professional. What I am is someone with experience with a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship. If you wish to read more about me, you can read some at this link: My Story, or, read my book, "Emerging From The Chrysalis" for a more in depth version. I hope and pray that the information I have included on this site and my story will help you!***
If you are uncertain if you were abused as a child, below are some signs many abuse victims exhibit as adults:
If you were able to answer yes to any of these questions, chances are you were abused as a child.
If you are a mother with a difficult or even abusive daughter, reading through some of the types of abuse and coping tips may help you as well. Coping with an abusive person often involves the same type of actions, whether the abuser is a parent or child. I write more about abusive mothers than children, because that is where my experience lies.
Do you know someone who exhibits symptoms of someone who was abused as a child, or has a very challenging, even abusive, relationship with her mother as an adult? If so, then click here for some helpful advice for you.
Questions? Comments? Feel free to email.
Please look around this site. May you learn how to handle your situation better, and be blessed! And, if any of the information on this site has helped you, please consider making a donation to enable me to keep this website going. Thank you!
**This information was NOT compiled by people in the field of psychology. It was inspired by my personal experience, and from friends with abusive mothers. Professional advice may be much more helpful to you, as it will be more personalized to your unique situation than this site is. If you cannot afford to visit a therapist, then check with your local county's health department or local churches. Many offer counseling for free or that charges on a sliding scale.**
**Also, as I am a Christian, this site naturally has some information about my faith on it. However, I do NOT believe in forcing my faith on others. If you do not share my faith, please do not give up on this site- much of this information can help you, no matter what your religious beliefs, even those of you who have been hurt by so-called "religious" people.**