What is a Dysfunctional Family?
Family dysfunction can be any condition that interferes with healthy family functioning. Most families have some periods of time where functioning is impaired by stressful circumstances (death in the family, a parent’s serious illness, etc.). Healthy families tend to return to normal functioning after the crisis passes. In dysfunctional families, however, problems tend to be chronic and children do not consistently get their needs met. Negative patterns of parental behavior tend to be dominant in their children’s lives.
Break a Cycle of Family Dysfunction
Destructive relationship patterns can get passed down from one generation to the next.
Become aware of your family’s destructive relationship patterns. This is the first step in moving toward healthy functioning.
It is possible for you to overcome a painful past, to rediscover your unique individuality, and to become more effective in your personal life
Remember, you cannot change others, but you can change yourself. Counseling is recommended