When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 20, I drowned in crushing fears about my future. Chief among them was the fear of never becoming a parent.
My psychiatrist explained that bipolar disorder was likely caused by a combination of biological and environmental factors but that the condition should not prevent me from living a full life, including becoming a parent, if I stayed in treatment.
Still, the possibility of passing bipolar disorder down to the next generation concerned me. Until I could do right by my child, I would not consider parenthood.
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