Being a Parent with Mental Illness

Being a Parent with Mental Illness

Being a parent with mental illness has its drawbacks, to be sure; however, like any other disability, mental illness can be managed, and managed well. A combination of therapy, medication, and social/family supports all help with setting up the parent for success. Not only that, but being insightful about your illness, knowing when an episode is hitting, is crucial. I lack in this area. I tend to get very pronounced spiritual episodes where God talks to me, and I want more of it. That’s probably the problem right there: when God has to talk to you, it means there’s a problem. I need to seek less of these kinds of miracles and focus on the everyday; loving my husband and daughter, and loving my life.

With that said, I love being a parent and I think I am good at it. I often daydream about how I will teach her and what I will teach her when she grows up. How will I teach her to deal with boys? How will I teach her regarding drugs and alcohol use? How can I teach her the wisdom to know to follow her morality and do the right thing? I know I amĀ  good parent, when I have my good days. When I have my bad days, I do sometimes rely on my supports more than I would like. But that doesn’t make me a failure. It makes me human, with faults. And everyone has faults. And anyone who doesn’t find fault in themselves is a fault in and of itself, and the greatest delusion of all.

If you are struggling with mental illness, check out my resources page. You might find something that once helped me out, to help you.