From the Author
It is my hope that Adult Children of the Mentally Ill (ACMIs) will find this book a source of support and encouragement when dealing with the inevitable wounds resulting from growing up in a dysfunctional family. My intent is to provide you with some tools for tackling your issues on your own. I don't however, intend to imply that in all instances deep-seated hurts can be satisfactorily healed with these methods. While this book will help you identify important themes in your life, some of you will find that you'll want or need some professional guidance. A dialogue with a therapist can offer support for a deeper exploration and understanding of your history, emotions, and current patterns of behavior.