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My mom is bipolar and my dad is dyslexic.

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Q: My mom was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder last year and my dad has had Dyslexia since child hood. I am often the responsible adult in the house. My dad’s family, in their own intrusive way tries to help. All they do is cause chaos. They upset my mom when she is manic or depressed (one time causing a suicide threat) and confuse my dad. I get stressed out and have panic attacks. I really have no one to go to. And every where I search I hit dead ends for a place of solace for children of bipolar parents. If you have any suggestions they would be much appreciated.

My mom is bipolar and my dad is dyslexic.

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I’m sorry that you have had to grow up fast and become so responsible. I would suggest trying to contact the community mental health centers in your area to see if there are some resources available to you. Also the United Way may have a list of local support groups. You may just want to look up mental health or human services and similar topics in the phone book and again ask if there might a group of interest to you.

Another very helpful resource is NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). They may have a chapter in your town or you can get information from their website. I think the biggest issues are getting some information and education on mental illnesses and some support from people who understand. If none of this helps, it may be nice to just find a counselor/therapist of your own to talk to about what it’s like in your family. Good luck and don’t forget to live “your life” amidst what you deal with in your family. Even though they have needs, they are the adults and you deserve a life of your own.

My mom is bipolar and my dad is dyslexic.

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). My mom is bipolar and my dad is dyslexic.. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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