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Dear Carol: My dad is mentally ill and was abusive to us children as we grew up. Mother failed to protect us and now has left him. My siblings have both died from suicide and my father has become quite helpless. I went into therapy because of the abuse and even became a counselor, but it’s so different when you’re dealing with your own history that I’m struggling with what an adult child should do in this situation. Since I’ve read other articles that you’ve written addressing concerns similar to mine, I’m not really looking for more information so much as for validation and support which I know that you’ll give, so thank you in advance. – HG

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