‘Tom’ (not his real name) actually inspired my Fix. Here’s how he remembers growing up:
I suffered abuse at the hands of my mother throughout my childhood, which has had a big impact on how I live my life now.
My mother suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anorexia, and depression. These disorders remained untreated, and this meant she was abusive.
She was violent but not on a regular basis. It would be more when she’d hit her breaking point - for instance if I did something that didn’t meet with her regime.
I was never allowed any homework in the house, so that had to be done either in the car or in the driveway. Also used to have to keep my school uniform on a local field as she did not want school items in her house. So in the morning I’d have to get up, go to the field get changed, and wasn’t allowed to come back into the house.
I have decided to remain anonymous because it is still painful to talk about my experience, but my story is being featured by Kyle who has decided to us my experiences to create a film which alerts people to the effects living with a parent who has untreated mental illness can have.
Three friends of mine helped by playing characters in the film. You can watch the film by clicking this link