My mum has been suffering from some form of mental illness for nearly 10 years now which has grown progressively worse.
Although I think deep down she knows that something is wrong, getting her to acknowledge this and seek help has proved impossible so far, so the illness is still undiagnosed.
She has changed completely to become a Jekyll & Hyde type character and I so desperately miss my real mum (rather than the person the illness has turned her into) and want to help her get better.
Unfortunately due to her hostile behaviour, we no longer have a close relationship and she interprets everything as a personal attack rather than an attempt to help. She is very paranoid, abusive and had been very violent in the past. The physical violence has stopped since she was arrested for assaulting myself and my dad but she is still very destructive of property and verbally abusive.
My main concern is my 11 year old sister who has had to grow up not really knowing her real mum properly, instead being familiar with this imposter who has taken over her mind and behaviour. It is seriously affecting the emotional and mental wellbeing of the rest of my family especially myself as I seem to be the only one who doesn't want to bury my head in the sand about it.
Although I find if very difficult to speak to my mum about personal issues, and utterly impossible to do it without bursting into tears, I have decided to put everything else aside and sit down to discuss the issue with her. I suppose I am really looking for some support and advice on how to address her so that she doesn't feel threathened and to help combat the stigma around mental health issues. I am sure that she thinks being diagnosed will mean she will be disowned and written off, and I just want her to understand how common and easily treatable these problems can be.
Any advice would be so greatly appreciated.