Four Long-Lasting Effects of Parental Mental Illness

A new study reveals the invisible scars evident in adulthood.

Leah grew up in a chaotic home environment. She witnessed severe domestic violence (her mother shot her second husband in her presence), her mother was twice divorced, she was neglected by her mentally ill mother, she was abandoned, which resulted in spending her middle and high school years in foster care (four different homes in four years), and in 9th grade the home where she was living was destroyed by a tornado. With the exception of…