Mental illness and motherhood

by Antonia

Kalila Community

My sister is bi-polar and for as long as I can remember we’ve juggled family life with her recurring episodes of deep depression and manic highs. We’ve lived through the teenage years of drink, drugs and rebellion followed by her 20’s and her first foray into motherhood and now her 30’s with baby number 2. And all in the shadow of her bi-polar.

Many people struggle to understand mental illness as one day, or even for weeks on end, a person can seem completely ok and then pow! Something hits! And suddenly all the wheels come off!

So imagine the scene when there are children in the mix. How much more complex it becomes when a mother’s needs outweigh those of her children. And how the children themselves learn to grow up in this unusual and often very adult environment.

Luckily we live in a society where there is plenty…

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