Raising a child when you have a mental illness


"About mental illness

Mental illnesses are psychological and emotional disorders that affect the way people feel and behave.

Mental illness includes conditions like antenatal and postnatal depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia.

Some people experience mental illness for only a short time. For example, some parents experience postnatal depression in the weeks or months after having a baby. Likewise, anxiety or depression can sometimes happen in response to stressful life events.

But for people who have conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and chronic anxiety or depression, mental illness can be a long-term experience. These people might need lifelong treatment to manage their illness.

For many people, mental illness isn’t a life sentence. With the right treatment and support, it’s possible to recover from mental illness and live a happy, healthy life."(https://raisingchildren.net.au/grown-ups/family-diversity/parents-like-me/parenting-with-mental-illness)


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