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Should mentally ill people avoid having children?


Mental,from anxiety,depression,ocd,bipolar schiz..ect...

I've been reading articles about it..and it makes a bit of sense,

Not saying all should avoid it, BC there are some who have lesser mental ills and can manage.


Do you think its the *responsible * thing to do for those who know they have an unbearable mental illness?

I also read the mother of that Oregon shooter had autism spectrum...

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honestly mental ill people (like us) should probably consult their therapist or family planner instead of jumping in. assessing the risks is always a good idea, and making sure you have your health managed. but there are loads of mentally ill parents that are good parents and good people and i don't think it should be a ban all sort of situation.
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Obviously depending on soooo many circumstances and degrees but I would say yes in some cases and no in others . Way too many variables .

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It's up to each individual. I don't think an illness should disqualify anyone from parenthood.
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Yes, of course.
I don't want to give an illness like ****ing SA to anybody. Nobody deserves a punishment as sever as social anxiety, nobody.
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Many mental illnesses are treatable, especially in cases where mental illness is reactive, that is, a reaction to some very bad occurrence or unfortunate circumstance.


The occurrence of mass shootings is more of a social problem stemming from the pervasive isolation in the United States, the spread of violent memes (racism, misogyny, etc.), and perhaps the easy availability of firearms in the United States. I hope the Oregon shooting does not evolve into some witch hunt against mentally ill people.


Edit: So, no, I don't see a problem with people suffering from mental illness procreating. Huge numbers of Americans now suffer from depression, largely thanks to our isolated, atomized, and unhealthy social environment.
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A child will NOT solve the problems of the mentally ill. Don't even get a pet for that purpose. If you can't care for yourself, don't bring something else into the mix that is dependent on you. I think romantic relationships can be supportive, but please don't subject kids, animals, etc. to an illness that you don't already have well managed.
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honestly mental ill people (like us) should probably consult their therapist or family planner instead of jumping in. assessing the risks is always a good idea, and making sure you have your health managed. but there are loads of mentally ill parents that are good parents and good people and i don't think it should be a ban all sort of situation.
I think consulting a therapist or family planner would be the best thing to do.

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I hope this question becomes meaningless as new treatments are developed in the near future that work better than current ones.
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A child will NOT solve the problems of the mentally ill. Don't even get a pet for that purpose. If you can't care for yourself, don't bring something else into the mix that is dependent on you. I think romantic relationships can be supportive, but please don't subject kids, animals, etc. to an illness that you don't already have well managed.

I tend to agree with you.
If you have a mental / emotional condition that makes it hard to even take care of yourself, it would more than likely be a disaster if you tried to take care of children as well. If you cannot take care of yourself well, then how can you take care of others. especially children that need around the clock care?

I had girlfriends on and off in years past, but I knew instinctively that I was too screwed up to marry and have a family so I avoided it. I cannot manage my own life well so I would end up fouling up some poor child's life too.


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If you can't even take care of yourself, you sure as hell shouldn't be taking care of nobody else. For someone like me to become a father (not that I'd want to) would be plain selfish because I'll be imposing the outcomes of my ****ty life choices as well as total lack of responsibility onto my kids. I can hardly be a father to myself. It's hard enough to live with someone like me, it sure as hell will be harder completely depending on me and seeing me as some sort of mentor, provider or caregiver.
Plus, there is the whole genetics deal. I don't want to pass on my ****ing psycho mentally ill predisposing genes onto anyone else.
My mom feeds our cat and cleans out the litterbox and ****. I can't even take care of a ****ing cat.
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100% yes. In fact, It should be illegal.
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Yes, of course.
I don't want to give an illness like ****ing SA to anybody. Nobody deserves a punishment as sever as social anxiety, nobody.
Yeah but sometimes SA doesn't run through genetics and also I like to think that by overcoming SA your life is so much better compared to someone that began without SA. Another analogy is a peasant becoming a king feels better than a king born into being one. So if you love children and want to have some of your own, just support them and love them. It will make life a lot better for you and you will become awesome for giving life to someone.
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It's up to each individual. I don't think an illness should disqualify anyone from parenthood.
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No. Mental illness should not discourage you from living the life you want. My parents are both mentally ill but they still had me and my two brothers.

I want to one day have a wife and kids. SA should not prevent me from doing that.
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I wonder how they would enforce this. Forced sterilization was used on mentally ill for this exact reason, but became a major taboo issue.

It would make more sense to take the money from the costs of the birth control that would have been used and instead apply it learn more about mental illness and use it to treat people so that they wouldn't be passing on their problems to an innocent person. If genetic testing become affordable enough, hospitals could run them on all their newborns so that parent's can be aware of any future problems. Though that does get into the big government debate.

Also 7th.Streeter, autism isn't a mental illness, it's called a neurodevelopmental disorder, just to let you know.
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Yes, same with people with physical illnesses or deformities.

This whole right wing capitalist mantra in which we live states that we ought to be born equal to have a chance to prosper. Someone born with a mental illness is not equal.
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