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Raising Children while dealing With Depression

PARENT WITH DEPRESSION

Raising Children while dealing With Depression

“As a parent with depression, one of the toughest things one has to do is put on all the masks.  But are they really working?  Kids today are become harder to fool.  So with that being said; Who’s the fool here?”

Parents with a mental illness typically wonder whether it’s best to disclose their diagnosis to their kids.  On the one hand, you want to be open and honest. On the other hand, you may think that not saying anything protects your child.  A parent’s natural instinct to want to shield your child from any confusion or concern.  However, according to research, not telling your child can actually have the opposite effect.

Research shows that if parents don’t tell children about their mental illness, children develop misinformation and worries which can be worse than the reality.

Quoted from Source: psychcentral.com – should you tell your kids about your mental illness

Here’s a resource to help start the conversation with your child:

copmi.net.au – parents discussing mental illness

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