Bipolar and parenting

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jennybean
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 2/28/2008 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I have not posted for quite some time. I was wondering how people with bipolar disorder parent. Are you able to parent effectively and with love. I would like to start a family one day but am afraid that I would be an awful parent due to my mood swings. This may be a really stupid question but I am new to this disorder and sometimes I think I should be in a mental institution....

Thanks,
Jennybean

lakewinds
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 60
   Posted 2/29/2008 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jenny,

i raised 3 sons 19, 23,28 all successful We both compensated each others parenting. 28 is marine college,in polatics now,23 is college graduate and moved out too and has his own place 19 is still home a nursing student in college The most thing I'm proud of being a good mother i did my best when they were young. But my sister says that I should have had a career instead.If I sound like I'm bragging, believe me I had a few episodes but got the help I needed. the meds seem to help me I think they finnally found the right mixture to give me. Im 52 My husband was a very good teach by example kind of parent.
hope this helps
Knitwit+ witty person that likes to knit

serafena
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 2/29/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Jennybean,

Hello and welcome to HealingWell. We're glad you're here.

I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and struggle with this myself, but she's doing beautifully. I have an excellent husband who helps out a lot and I have a strong support system. I take my mental health very seriously -- I take my meds, get enough sleep, avoid alcohol, and see my psychiatrist and therapist regularly.

It's tough because we don't have family near us to help out, but we manage okay. I have had to learn my limits, learn when to ask for help from my husband (when I'm getting too tired or strung out, for instance.) I've recently put her in daycare and this helps immensely. She loves it and it gives me a break.

But as I said, she gets sooooo much love from me and her father. She is a happy, healthy child, smart as a whip, and beautiful (we'll all brag about our kids.) She always comes first, I've just had to learn how to work that into my own needs. It can be done.

serafena
Serafena
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Bipolar II
It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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