My Mum Suffers from Alcoholism, Manic Depression and Rheumatoid Arthritis
I live at home with my mum, dad and brother. My dad works away from home all week apart from weekends and my brother is disabled who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is in a wheelchair. My mum suffers from alcoholism, manic depression and rheumatoid arthritis. Even though we have help for our brother, sometimes i do have to take care of him as well as my mother. My mum can have okay days but most of the time consists of arguing within the family. I never really have had a strong bond with mum as since i was little, the bottle seemed to have been more involved than anything else. But I know it is due to pain, a pain i cannot understand so I have to respect that but sometimes it does get frustrating when it keeps happening just when you think things are okay.
– Young carer, age 18