I have a situation. From birth my mom has been extremely attached to me. I have another sibling but she has been dependent on me and no one else. Within the last eight years my dad left her, her father passed, and her close sister moved away. She has no friends and is completely emotionally disconnected from people. She is also a chronic thinker, worrier, and suffers from anxiety.
At times I feel as though she is sucking the life out of me. I know that I allow this to happen but have been unable to protect myself no matter what I do or try. I'm wanting to move on with my life, which includes leaving her but I don't want to hurt her in the process, I'm not sure if she would be able to mentally handle it.
I do things that I necessary don't want to do in order to not hurt people but this is to the extreme. I feel as though this is a toxic relationship but I'm not sure what to do and being an empath amplifies things. I need to cut the cord. Any suggestions would be helpful.
updated by @cara: 03/13/17 07:03:53AM