Motherhood is busy and stressful for any woman. But for those of us who have bipolar disorder, planning to become or being a mother can bring its own, unique challenges.
With mental illness still a bit of a ‘taboo’ topic, you – like me – may not feel comfortable talking about your condition with other mums you’ve met through playgroup, kinder or school networks. For some of us, it’s difficult accepting our diagnosis – let alone finding the courage to talk about it with others.
In the past, those within the medical profession used to advise women with bipolar disorder against having children. But with the right support and the marvels of modern medicine, it’s possible for women like you and I to successfully juggle raising a family with the unique challenges that this particular mental illness brings.
In fact, for many of us, we’re not only ‘managing’ to raise a family – in most cases our families are thriving under our love and care.
The idea behind ‘bipolar mums’ grew out of my desire to see women, like you and I, support each other through the ‘ups and downs’ that are inevitably part and parcel of being a mum with bipolar disorder.
My prayer is that – as this online community unfolds – you will find ‘nuggets of gold’ within the stories that are told here, and the comments of others in similar circumstances, to help you in your journey as a mother with bipolar disorder.