Mental Illness

  • “…such trauma may also result in hurtful effects that manifest as any one or more of the common so called mental disorders – from depression to addictions to schizophrenia – and an array of physical disorders.”
  • “Many clinicians aware of the adult child dynamic believe that most mental health diagnoses are actually adult child related.”
  • “With this book on adult children, we are suggesting that ACA has many of the answers to some of the most difficult and threatening mental health problems facing the world today.”
  • “The five family types that can produce adult children even though alcoholism is not always present are:Homes with mental illness in the parent(s). Homes with hypochondriac parent(s). Homes with ritualistic beliefs, harsh punishment, and extreme secretiveness, often with ultra-religious, militaristic, or sadistic overtones. Some of these homes expose children to battery and other forms of criminal abuse. Homes with covert or actual sexual abuse, including incest and inappropriate touching or dress by the parent(s). Perfectionistic, shaming homes in which expectations are often too high and praise is typically tied to an accomplishment rather than given freely.”
  • “In ACA, we view our compulsive thinking and dependent behavior as a spiritual dilemma rather than a mental illness. We have no quarrel with science and medicine, which have made great strides in mapping and studying the brain. Such clinical work is of great importance in understanding human behavior and brain functions. We freely use such clinical labels as depression, panic disorder, bipolar, dissociation, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some ACA members have been diagnosed as multiple personalities and as schizophrenic.”
  • “Whether we admit it or not the evidence of the childhood verbal abuse is there in our addiction, codependence, or some other method of neglecting ourselves. There can also be chronic depression and extreme anxiety. Some of us can have panic attacks accompanying these behaviors.”

"Additionally, we try to answer calls to carry ACA’s message of hope into prisons, treatment centers, or mental health care facilities. Adult children are sent to prison every day for harming themselves or others. Still others have psychiatric problems so severe that they require hospitalization. Both the prisoner and the psychiatric patient are adult children and deserve to hear ACA’s message. Our program is mature enough, and our members are strong enough, to do this work within the guidelines we have established for these facilities."