Struggling parents call David Vitalli for help with their difficult teenagers, but years of experience working with families in crisis have taught him the apple usually doesn't fall far from the tree. Each one-hour episode finds the parents under as much scrutiny as their kids as Vitalli digs out the truth to set these families straight.

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2014-07-05

My Dysfunctional Family - Dysfunctional family - Netflix

A dysfunctional family is a family in which conflict, misbehavior, and often child neglect or abuse on the part of individual parents occur continuously and regularly, leading other members to accommodate such actions. Children sometimes grow up in such families with the understanding that such an arrangement is normal. Dysfunctional families are primarily a result of two adults, one typically overtly abusive and the other codependent, and may also be affected by addictions, such as substance abuse (e.g., alcohol or drugs), or sometimes an untreated mental illness. Dysfunctional parents may emulate or over-correct from their own dysfunctional parents. In some cases, the dominant parent will abuse or neglect their children and the other parent will not object, misleading the child to assume blame.

My Dysfunctional Family - Effects on children - Netflix

Children of dysfunctional families, either at the time, or as they grow older, may also: Lack the ability to be playful, or childlike, and may “grow up too fast”; conversely they may grow up too slowly, or be in a mixed mode (e.g. well-behaved, but unable to care for themselves.) Have moderate to severe mental health issues, including possible depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Become addicted to smoking, alcohol, or drugs, especially if parents or friends have done the same. Bully or harass others, or be an easy victim thereof (possibly taking a dual role in different settings.) Be in denial regarding the severity of the family's situation. Have mixed feelings of love–hate towards certain family members. Become a sex offender, possibly including pedophilia. Have difficulty forming healthy relationships within their peer group (usually due to shyness or a personality disorder.) Spend an inordinate amount of time alone watching television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, listening to music, and other activities which lack in-person social interaction. Feel angry, anxious, depressed, isolated from others, or unlovable. Have a speech disorder (related to emotional abuse.) Distrust others or even have paranoia. Become a juvenile delinquent and turn to a life of crime (with or without dropping out of school), and possibly become a gang member as well. Struggle academically at school or academic performance declines unexpectedly. Have low self-esteem or a poor self image with difficulty expressing emotions. Rebel against parental authority, or conversely, uphold their family's values in the face of peer pressure, or even try to take an impossible “middle ground” that pleases no one. Think only of themselves to make up the difference of their childhoods (as they are still learning the balance of self-love.) Have little self-discipline when parents are not around, such as compulsive spending, procrastinating too close to deadlines, etc. (unfamiliar, inchoate, and seemingly lax or avoidable real-world consequences vs. known, concrete, and rigidly imposed parental consequences.) Find an (often abusive) spouse or partner at a young age, or run away from home. Become pregnant or a parent of illegitimate children. Be at risk of becoming poor or homeless, even if the family is already wealthy or middle-class. Live a reclusive lifestyle without any spouse, partner, children, or friends. Have auto-destructive or potentially self-damaging behaviors. Join a cult to find the acceptance they never had at home, or at a minimum, have differing philosophical/religious beliefs from what they were previously taught. Strive (as young adults) to live far away from particular family members or the family as a whole, possibly spending much more time with extended family. Perpetuate dysfunctional behaviors in other relationships (especially their own children.)

My Dysfunctional Family - References - Netflix