Breaking up with my mother

I was forty-three when I had my nervous breakdown.

It’s a funny, old-fashioned term, “nervous breakdown,” but as it turns out, it’s pretty apropos. At the time, I wasn’t even aware of what triggered the breakdown. I was already in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis when I finally broke. It was later I realized what pushed me over the edge: My mother moved to town.

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Amber Fraley

Amber Fraley

Blogging about mental illness, narcissistic abuse & survival, feminism, politics. Essayist, journalist, novelist, wife, mom, Kansan, repro rights activist.