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Is it irresponsible for me to have kids because I have depression?

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Last Updated: 09/13/2021 at 4:20am
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Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
December 5th, 2016 9:02pm
No, not at all. Depression is a mental illness that can be treated. Your kids may be the treatment you need, with their loving face. Knowing you have kids who look up to you, may make yourself happy as well.
Anonymous
December 12th, 2017 6:47pm
Not at all, kids can help you feel happier as they have their own funny ways of annoying us. It is okay for you to go through a bad time and kids can help by making you feel happier through their cute ways
Anonymous
July 27th, 2020 7:59pm
No, having kids bring joy and happiness into the world. It's will not be easy but you have the love of your kids who make you feel excited and grateful. Dealing with depression you don't want to move and having kids at the same time might be extremely challenging more than you can imagine. However, in time you start to feel the love and support of your children. Parenting is life lifetime commitment and with depression it makes it even harder and stressful but being a parent is also rewarding and having the love of your child makes you happy as a parent.
gracefulSoul71
September 13th, 2021 4:20am
No, it is not irresponsible. Depression is no different from any physical issue. What is most important is that you love and care for your kids. Mental illness can come and go throughout our lives. Having depression does not mean that you are incapable of caring for others. What matters most is that you are able to take care of yourself and your children. Depression is manageable. There are treatments that allow people who have depression to manage their symptoms. People who have depression are capable of living fulfilling and productive lives. Any person with the right love and care and dedication can become an amazing parent.