Elderly Caregiver Anger and Resentment - AHHHHHH

by AW
(Australia)

I resent having to be there for my parents. My parents were emotionally dysfunctional and unavailable for myself (oldest) and my 3 siblings.


I have spent years and thousands of dollars in therapy on regaining self esteem that they destroyed growing up. My brothers are estranged from the family. One is an alcoholic and the other is enraged and refuses to go near mum and dad. My sister lives overseas. I am the one left trying to do the "good daughter" thing and be there for both my parents who are struggling with declining physical health and emotionally scarred backgrounds.

They are demanding and have expectations that I should be there for them whenever they need me. I am a single parent and I raise my son 6 days a week. He goes to his dad overnight Saturday. This is the one night I get to recuperate from the demanding week of being a teacher and single parent. I don't go out. I sleep.

My father is angry. He expects me to be there for them on the weekend. I am very frustrated, over- burdened and feel like screaming at them.

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