How to Cope With Being a Mentally Ill Parent?

Updated at: Feb 06, 2013
How to Cope With Being a Mentally Ill Parent?
Dr Poonam Sachdev
Tips for ParentWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Feb 06, 2013

If you are a parent with a mental health problem, it is important you understand the trigger factors which can cause you to relapse. Being a mentally stable parent is important to prevent your child from situations like child abuse or neglect. Read on to know how you can prevent a relapse of your mental stability.

  • Create a stable environment at home for yourself and your children; avoid factors that cause you stress and anxiety.
  • Take your medication and visit your doctor regularly.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and other habit forming drugs.
  • Identify your trigger factors and try to avoid them.
  • Try to relax when you are upset; do yoga, meditation, or practice other relaxation techniques.
  • Let your children know about your problem; this can help them to understand that you may not be able to cope with every situation.



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