Parenting with Mental Illness

Parenting is an immensely rewarding journey that comes with its own set of challenges, even more so for individuals with a mental health condition. Adults with a mental health condition report multifaceted concerns about having children: the fear of not being fit for parenthood, the guilt of passing on genes that may carry mental health conditions, and the anxiety that their behavior might negatively impact their children. But mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, affect 1 in 5 adults in the US, undeniably including parents. With the right support and intentional strategies, those dealing with mental health conditions can and do thrive as loving, effective parents.

Strategies for Parenting with Mental Illness

Parenting with a mental health condition presents unique challenges, but there are effective strategies that can help navigate this complex journey:

Above all, be kind to yourself. Parenthood is full of ups and downs, and no one is a perfect parent all the time. Mental health challenges do not have to prevent you from being a loving, supportive, and effective parent. By adopting these strategies, parents with mental health conditions can create a supportive, understanding, and structured environment for their families, while also taking care of their own mental health needs.

Therapy for Parents at Medens Health

At Medens Health, our compassionate team supports parents through the unique challenges that come with parenting while managing mental health issues. Your therapist will focus not only on your abilities as a parent, but on your overall health, happiness, and well-being. By getting support, taking care of yourself, and working through your doubts in a safe space, you’ll equip yourself to be the best parent you can be.

Get started here with Medens Health! You can also call/text us at (833) 624-5400 or contact us online.


The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Reliance on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding your medical or mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who is qualified to give you safe, professional, and ethical advice regarding your mental health.

If you or someone you are responsible for is experiencing a medical emergency, is considering harming themselves or others, or is otherwise in imminent danger, you should call 9-1-1 and/or take them to the nearest emergency room.