My mum has bipolar, schizophrenia and a few other things I forget. She's been like that since before I was born.
For me, it was only in my teens that I knew something was different about Mum and in my 20's that I figured out I'd been caring and looking after her (and my little brother) since about age 5.
I'm now 30 and we dn't currently have contact (her choice). It's been a tough journey and I don't expect its over just yet.
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