Pregnancy And Mental Illness

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lanpingpug - March 4

I've been a Psychotic Depressive for several years now, and take various medications to help me. I take an anti-depressant, a mood stabiliser, an anti-psychotic drug and an anti-parkinson's drug to combat any side effects from these medications. Without them, I am a complete mess and a danger to myself and others. Yet my doctor and my friend who is a CPN told me that if I want to have a baby without any physical defects I will have to stop taking ALL my medication for the duration of the pregnancy. I am very scared that I would be sectioned if I came off all my meds for even a short amount of time and also have the baby taken away from me, which my doctor and my friend have said is highly likely due to my mental health situation. I have also looked into adoption and surrogacy but I would not be considered suitable for either. My boyfriend wants us to have a baby at some point in the future, but I will have to be on these medications for the rest of my life. What can I do? Am I destined not to be a mother?

 

Jezebel - March 4

why are you not a candidate for surrogacy? perhaps if you were looking at help from an agency you might instead try private surrogacy...or is it more about the egg harvesting procedure they are worried about?

 

catharsisgirl1 - March 5

This isn't an easy question to answer. I'm studying to be a therapist --- I wouldn't be responsible for prescribing any medication, but it's entirely possible that I would be the counselor on a team for someone with a condition like yours. I know that if you go off your meds and you do in fact become a danger, as you believe or know you would, then those behaviors may be grounds for service agencies to take your child out of a "dangerous situation," even if on your meds you are incredibly stable, caring, and loving. It's a Catch-22. Go off your meds to protect the baby from potential defects or extra strife when born or stay on the meds to protect your baby who may have extra strife from being placed with someone else. I don't know that either answer is right, except I think you really need to explore the realities of your particular situation with a professional. Talk to your psychiatrist or your therapist (I hope you have both and not just a psychiatrist and if not, get yourself a therapist for this). Talk to social workers. I did a google search for "social work case studies pregnant with psychotic disorder" and a bunch of links came up on the matter. Those may or may not be of use to you. Unfortunately, we're not allowed to post links here, so if you do the exact same keyword search, I hope the same links pop up. I'll ask some people I know who are more familiar with this situation and try to post more later.

 

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