My girlfriend and I are both aware of the fact that her mom emotionally abuses her. She told me its something that's been going on for as long as she can remember and that ever since I came into the picture, her mom got better. I personally don't believe it was her mom getting better, i think it was the fact she was spending less time with her so it appeared better.
Well in the recent weeks her mom has been really hard on her. She's been grounding her almost everyday and its been getting harder and harder to hangout with her. For example, today we had plans to hang out after she took care of her errands and cleaned the house, but her errands took longer than she thought so she asked her mom if she can do some before she left and then do the rest when she came back. Her mom responded by grounding her and told her that everything she does in life is either right or wrong and everytime she does something wrong, shes getting grounded. So it just blew up from there. Later after all the fighting stopped her dad tried talking to her to calm her down but her mom came in and just went off on her. After all that stopped she called me and told me everything and told me that she should try to kill herself again because that's what got her mom to be nice the first time.
So obviously im super scared for her. i don't really know what to do. i calmed her down enough so she won't do any harm to herself right now, but she's still in a really bad place. I told my dad how her mom was being, but i didn't tell him everything she said because I don't want to get her in anymore trouble than she's already in.
So my questions are: What can i do that won't get her into anymore trouble? is there anything i can say to calm her down?
Also my girlfriend is bipolar and has depression and anxiety issues. she's on a lot of medication for it so i know her mom is aware of her problems, so shouldn't she be extra careful with the way she treats her?
This is a bit tricky, because grounding someone or threatening with grounding often isn't abusive. Mind, I don't think its great parenting either, but all by itself it isn't actually abusive.
Can you fill me in a little bit more on what's got you feeling like her mother is abusive? Is her father abusive as well?
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