Caring for Your Child While Also Dealing With a Mental Illness

No question that your needs may frequently darken your world and make it impossible for you to be the parent you want to be. Other than seeking the best care you can, that situation is probably inescapable. You must understand, though, that your child will take your behavior personally. He or she will take the … Continue reading “Caring for Your Child While Also Dealing With a Mental Illness”

No question that your needs may frequently darken your world and make it impossible for you to be the parent you want to be. Other than seeking the best care you can, that situation is probably inescapable.

You must understand, though, that your child will take your behavior personally. He or she will take the blame. Feel she’s alone. Question his self-esteem. Unless you act. How? Talk openly about you illness in an age-appropriate manner. Be clear s/he is not to blame and you are seeking treatment.

Encourage them to have outside activities to build self-esteem they might not get at home. Have a positive backup plan in case you need to be hospitalized.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Collaborative on Community Integration has thoughtful ideas to help you on your path.

 

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