Having a parent with a mental illness

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Having A Parent With A Mental Illness.

March 12, 2012 by Emma White

Numerous children will grow up having a parent with a mental illness. In most cases the parents will have a mild or short-lived illness which will usually be treated by their GP.

However, there are parents who have a more severe mental illness such as bipolar or schizophrenia.

In fact 68% of women and 57% of men with a mental illness are parents, says The Royal College of Psychology.

In addition, many children live with a parent who has long-term mental health problems, as well as alcohol or drug problems and personality disorders.

I am a parent with a mental illness, I have 6 children and I also have bipolar.

Children are resilient and can usually cope well with having a parent with a mental illness. More so if the problem is short-lived and does not…

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