My dad is always putting me down – am I wrong for wanting to cut him out?

DEAR DEIDRE: MY dad is so horrible that I’m thinking of breaking off all contact with him.

He is 56 and has always been mean.

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But he’s also a selfish fantasist and a conspiracy theorist.

He thinks the pandemic is a hoax, had a go at me for saying I wanted the vaccination, and he wrote terrible things on social media about black England players during the Euros.

He puts me down all the time, saying I’m too sensitive and stupid. If something good happens, like I get a new job, he finds something negative to say – like I only got it because they wanted a woman.

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Every time I speak to him I feel so anxious I think I’m going to have a panic attack.

I’m 28 and I’ve had enough. Would it be wrong to cut him out of my life?

DEIDRE SAYS: He sounds bitter and jealous and he won’t change unless he wants to.

So if this relationship is making you stressed and unhappy, maybe “divorcing” him is the best option.

Do get support from friends and other people in the family. You can also contact Stand Alone, for adults estranged from family members (

The website has lots of information on how to cope with a difficult mum or dad.

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