Until recently, the focus has been on an adult daughter or son of a parent or parents with a mental illness. This is changing. So is the terminology from the adult child of the mentally ill parent to the child of a parent with a mental illness.
Since well over 50% of people who have serious mental illness are parents, bringing this to the public's attention to the young sons and daughters is long overdue. Both the parents and the children need much support during these difficult times, not something that has been focused on before.
9. The Forgotten People (Children of a Parent with a Mental Illness)
Nathiel, S. (2007). Daughters of madness: Growing up and older with a mentally ill mother. Greenwood Publishing Group.
Sobkiewicz, T (1994). Our special Mom and Our special Dad. Children of Mentally Ill Parents. P.O. Box 7272, Pittsburg, PA 15213
Sherman, M.D., & Sherman, D.M. (2006). I’m not alone: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has a mental illness. Edina, MN: Beaver’s Pond Press.
Children of a Parent With Depression
Andrews, B. (2002). Why are you so sad? A child’s book about parental depression. New York: Magination Press.
Children of a Parent with Schizophrenia
Kotulski, Tina. Saving Millie: A Daughter's Story of Surviving Her Mother's Schizophrenia
Holley, T.E. (1997). My mother’s keeper: A daughter’s memoir of growing up in the shadow of
schizophrenia. New York: William Morrow & Co.
Fensham, E. (2005). Helicopter man. Bloomsbury USA (ages 5-12) [about a dad who has schizophrenia]
Brown, M.J., & Roberts, D.P. (2000). Growing up with a schizophrenic mother. McFarland & Company.
Adult child of A Narcissistic Parent(s)
Brown, Nina W. Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grownup's Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publishers, Inc., 2001.
Donaldson-Pressman, Stephanie, Robert M. Pressman. The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment. San Francisco: Josey-Bass Publishers, 1997.
Adult child of a Borderline Parent
Roth, Kimberlee and Freda B. Friedman. Surviving a Borderline Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds & Build Trust
Child of a Borderline Parent
Lawson, Christine Ann, Ph.D. and Jason Aronson. Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship
Dealing with this mental illness within a family calls for wise and firm boundaries. This book offers practical insights and instruction where Stop Walking on Eggshells only touches on lightly. The two books together make an awesome pair.
This book is quoted at length in the workbook for Stop Walking on Eggshells.
It is not only descriptive of the four types of these mothers but also prescriptive in how to relate with each type within healthy boundaries.
Rashkin, Rachel MS. An Umbrella for Alex
It tells the story of how a young boy learns to understand and cope with his mother’s BPD illness.