10 Fears of People Who Live With Bipolar Disorder
6. The fear of hurting your children or being a “bad” parent.
“That I’m ruining my children. My daughter came home with a drawing of me sleeping, and her dad telling her to leave me alone. I’d been in the throes of a depressive episode and could hardly get out of bed for a week. Seeing what this looks like to my kids so vividly broke my heart.” — Kristy H.
“That I will be a bad mom. I know what I go through on a daily basis, living with the constant ups and downs, and I don’t want my future children to view me as a terrible mother because of my ups and downs.” — Hali B.
“My children. I am terrified they will grow up to hate and resent me. I fear they will develop their own mental health issues simply because I am their mother. I fear I am not, and cannot, raise them the way they need because I am broken. I fear they will ever think I don’t love them. Because I do love them. With everything I am.” — Allison S.