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My Mother Controls My Life

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From a young man int he U.S.:  I’m 26 years old disabled and my mother controls everything and lies about everything. I need help. My disabilities are depression, anxiety, PTSD. She won’t let me go anywhere without her, she won’t let me have anyone over at my house any more, she won’t let me drive anywhere anymore. I feel trapped.

She won’t let me have a relationship because she I start seeing someone she ruins it or contact the girl on Facebook saying she’s a bitch or a slut that she’s not welcome around me any more. I talk her into letting this girl come over for a weekend with same health problems but the whole time she was rude and hateful to both of us. Afterwards she said she isn’t allowed over anymore and I’m not allowed to drive the car anymore that I pay for with my disability money.

When I bought the house my aunt and mother wouldn’t let me sign the deed to it at all because my aunt stop me from doing so because she worked at the housing place I bought the house from. She got my mom to sign it. So every time I try to go somewhere my mom uses that to keep me there by saying she can kick me out because my name isn’t on the deed.

Every time I try to talk to someone to get help and they talk to her she lies and makes them think I’m crazy to keep doing this to me. Can someone help me? Because I want a social life, I want to date, I want to leave this house and have a life.

My Mother Controls My Life

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If you were manipulated out of signing the deed for a home you paid for, it seems to me that it would be helpful to see a lawyer who specializes in disability law. You are essentially being held hostage in your own home. It’s your house. She doesn’t get to set house rules for a 26-year-old man who is letting her share his home. She doesn’t get to decide whether you can drive a car you paid for. Being disabled doesn’t mean that you don’t have the same rights as any other adult.

Taking all you said at face value: It looks to me that your mother is, in fact, the dependent one. If you assert your rights to your home, where is she going to go? One way to keep her home is to make sure you don’t meet someone to marry. If you go places without her, you just might meet someone to love. She would then have competition for your affection and for your loyalty.

At this point, the problem isn’t your mother. It’s that you have given her far too much power. Her threats and rules only mean something if you go along with them. You’ve been so beaten down that you have lost the ability to stand up for yourself. If that’s the case, find a lawyer. Then find a therapist to help you learn how to assert some boundaries with your mother.

On the other hand: I don’t have enough information to know if just maybe your mother’s worries are warranted. You didn’t share whether you have done things that make her behavior make a kind of sense. What looks like control could be protection. If you’ve behaved in such a way that she is justified in thinking you aren’t capable of managing a house or driving responsibly, that changes everything. In that case, my best suggestion is that you go together to a family therapist to help the two of you figure out what you need to do so that she feels comfortable with letting go.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

My Mother Controls My Life

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2019). My Mother Controls My Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2020, from
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