I am currently receiving help for the abuse I faced from a mentally ill/emotionally unbalanced parent when I was a child.
As I still get verbal abuse in the form of emails and telephone calls when she's ill, I felt that I could not continue to have my life ruined, as an adult. The way I see it, getting the right help is a lot cheaper than my funeral - as I really was getting that low.
The enormous inconsistencies and neglect are being discussed with boundaries and a coping plan arranged. I feel drained by each session but the counselling is working. If anyone is considering pros and cons of it, just try it - it's worked for me.