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I want to have kids in the future with my boyfriend but im worried that they could possibly inherit my bipolar disorder. Has anyone else had these thoughts?

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    • Hatchytt

      216d

      I had my kids before I was diagnosed, but I figured I might shed some insight that might help. From a genetic standpoint, I've seen some differing numbers for children with a parent with bipolar and the highest number I've seen is 30%. Most of the things I've looked at say it's closer to 10%. Either way, it's a pretty low chance with only one parent having the disorder. I hope that helps.

    • Hatchytt

      216d

      I had my kids before I was diagnosed, but I figured I might shed some insight that might help. From a genetic standpoint, I've seen some differing numbers for children with a parent with bipolar and the highest number I've seen is 30%. Most of the things I've looked at say it's closer to 10%. Either way, it's a pretty low chance with only one parent having the disorder. I hope that helps.

    • klazikel

      221d

      I was your age when I had my daughter. I knew between my diagnosis and her father's issues that she was likely to have mental health issues, which she does. There was a lot of struggle and many challenges throughout her childhood, and they have followed her into her adult life. That is reality, and I do feel some guilt at times that her issues, in part, came from me. Having said that, I have been thankful every day of her life that she came into mine. She's amazing, my favorite person, and I have no regrets that I brought her into the world. The love I have for my daughter is like no other love I've ever experienced. It's ultimately your decision whether or not you have children knowing the possibilities of passing on your mental health issues. Just remember, you have your issues, and you have every right to live your life to the fullest regardless, including having children. The same goes for any children you have in the future. Having a chronic mental illness isn't a death sentence. It's something you learn to live with.

    • bluebutterflytroupe

      223d

      I have I've been told I could bring kids into the world but why ? The illness can be an obstacle but people do it all the time have kids with imperfect bodies. I want to stress if you really want something like kids go for it it's a joy like no other I don't have kids but I would like to with a future husband in the future.

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Many individuals have expressed similar concerns about passing on their bipolar disorder to their children. Some have chosen not to have children due to this worry, while others have decided to proceed despite the potential risk. It's a deeply personal decision that involves considering one's own ability to manage their condition, the potential for the child to inherit the disorder, and the support system available.

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