Hi everybody! So my Mom has been severely depressed most of her life. It is because of this that she flunked out of college, never got married, and had me unplanned. She hasn't accomplished much and now she doesn't have a job. Her depression has landed her on disability and she now rents a room. Her rent is paid for by social services. It was because of her depression that she couldn't raise me. She lived with me until I was 3 years old along with my uncle and grandmother. Then people caught her not being attentive to me as a child. For example, she would let me run freely around the swimming pool and not hold my hand in parking lots. Authorities were called and on top of that, she and other family members in our home were constantly arguing. For these reasons, she was eventually court ordered to move out on her own and leave me with my uncle and grandmother. Can depression alone do all of this to a person? Was there nothing she could do about it? I can't help but feel like I wasn't good enough to make her want to improve her mental health. All I could understand as a child was that one day she was there and then she was gone the next. I felt abandoned and still do to this day. My uncle, on the other hand, gave up so much to raise me. He never got married or had kids of his own and I feel responsible for that. I feel guilty that he couldn't have the family that he wanted. I feel like I intruded in his life.