I have a mother with a personality disorder

I know many people can relate to the guilt, anger and destroyed self-esteem that can resulted from a parents' manipulative behaviors through-out childhood, without me even having to rant about the exact ways my mother's personality disorder attempted to destroy her kids. There are as many ways to deal with someone like my mom as there are unhealthy relationships. I would like to share my experience with a mother with a personality disorder, in the hopes that it might resonate with someone.

Keep in mind, I am not an expert. But here is how a bruised kid somehow grew into a happy, confident adult…

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Little Bear the Bearded Lady's tiny, pink, restorative studio in Seattle

I was thrown out of my old home after a lover grew tired of me and couch surfed for the next six months, healing from deep trauma and depression. Gaining this home meant gaining my independence. What I found was that pink became my healing color — seeing it made me feel happy, cozy, warm, and safe. So I created this tiny, pink, femme home to foster my recovery…