I agree with @LoveLivesHere she got it spot on.
Thank you again for the responses. For all those managing their own complicated situations, an especially big thank you for sharing.
No, I wouldn't. I ignored my mental illness for a long time and it nearly had tragic and dire consequences for my family, for one of the children in it.
So no. If there was mental illness that my partner refused to acknowlege and it could be dangerous, I would not have children with them.
My friends hubby has a mental illness. He is also lazy and a little mysogynistic (had those conditions before the mental illness reared it's head). He won't help himself and he won't help with the kids even though he is a stay at home dad and my friend works outside of the home. The responsibility for EVERYTHING (cooking, cleaning, kids appointments, hubby's appointments) falls on my friend. She has no time for herself and is so stressed. To be honest I couldn't cope if I was my friend - I think I would have taken the kids and left by now if I was her. She wants to stand by her hubby though which is admirable. That being said if she was considering more kids (which she isn't) and asked my opinion I would tell her she was absolutley crazy for considering it.
*** I fully acknowledge that each situation is different.
No I would never actively bring children into such a situation. I suffered from sever anxiety due to my mums depression when I was growing up. I still have therapy when my anxiety flares up. However I acknowledge it and it doesn't affect my ability to function but to this day I have to be on top of it. But as a child I was a mess. Mental illness affects the whole family.
My DH has bipolar, and he told me early on in the relationship. If I hadn't found out/he hid that from me until much later, I would have been hurt and distrustful. I would refuse to have children with him. And, yes, I may have left.
Not because of the mental illness, but because of how he dealt with it.
Similarly, if I was with someone who refused to accept that they had a mental illness, or refused to get treated for it, I would not have children with him, and would consider leaving.
Again NOT because of the mental illness, but because of how they deal (or not in this case) with it.
It's not a stigma against mental illness. It's choosing not to bring a child into an unstable relationship.
To those in the thread who have shared their experiences with MI, I am truly in awe of your strength! Fighting a daily battle against your own mind is truly one of the hardest battles. I wish that I had had the courage in the past to admit when I needed help, so I applaud you for being brave enough to speak up, and to share your experiences with others to try and break the stigma xo
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