Being a Parent with a mental illness

I reblogged this excellent post on being a parent with mental illness, originally posted on YOUTH OF A NATION:BENT NOT BROKE by DarcSunshine.

Youth Of A Nation:Bent not Broke


Parenting is a difficult job and a juggling act no matter what. It requires balancing your own needs with those of your child. It involves managing your time, having adequate resources and supporting your child. For parents coping with a mental illness, these issues are amplified. When you’re living with any kind of chronic or severe illness, like mental illness, diabetes or cancer, there are times when your functioning will be compromised by that illness. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a healthy family. Here are some pointers to help you overcome common challenges.

Consistency is key for kids, but with the ebbs and flows of mental illness, this also can be compromised. Kids can feel lonely, become confused and blame themselves. The biggest challenge is stigma. Because our society tends to hold negative attitudes and beliefs about mental illness, it can be difficult to acknowledge that you’re struggling and to…

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6 thoughts on “Being a Parent with a mental illness

  1. mihrank November 22, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    Mental health conditions can affect any person regardless of gender, age, health status and income, and that includes people who have or want to have children of their own. Parenting is both greatly rewarding and a daunting task for anyone, but it poses some particular challenges for people with a mental health condition. Here, you will find information about parenting and mental illness, where to go to get help for you and your family, and how to support yourself and your children.

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    • Kitt O'Malley November 23, 2014 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Mihran. I agree that the post I reblogged had wonderful information.


  2. Karen Jimmy November 22, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    “You can build on strengths, but you can’t build on failure.” Great post, and I found this line in particularly really resonated. Thanks Kitt for sharing 🙂

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    • Kitt O'Malley November 22, 2014 / 5:30 pm

      It was a great post, wasn’t it. Particularly difficult to remember to build on strengths when we are feeling depressed or insecure, but so very important.

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  3. dyane November 22, 2014 / 11:42 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Kitt – the tips are useful and it’s good to know that articles like these are “out there” influencing one parent (and potentially family) at a time!

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    • Kitt O'Malley November 22, 2014 / 12:53 pm

      Yes. I just started a draft Resources post (and page) about parenting. Not sure when I’ll get around to it.

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