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Did you choose not to have children because of mental health issues? (2 replies)

Nina
5 years ago
Nina 5 years ago

Mental health is an issue that most people find difficult to talk about because of the stigma attached to it. In an article that has just been published on this website (http://www.nonparents.com/featured-article/mental-health-issues-and-the-decision-not-to-have-children/), a writer shares her experience and how this has been one of the reasons why she chose not to have children. I commend her openness and hope that it inspires others to feel less shame about their situation.

Has mental health been behind your decision not to have children?

Nicole H
5 years ago
Nicole H 5 years ago

I agree with every single word by Victoria. I must say I have the same feelings and I felt a ashamed and selfish for thinking this way.
The mental health issue is the main point I don´t feel like having children not only because of the biological/ phisical changes but also I don´t think I would be able nor have the patience to raise a child.
I have panic attacks and I´m taking antidepressants for it. My doctor says it is manageable to be preagnant (if I decide to) and keep the treatments, but I could never handle having a child with problems because of it (or not), I feel like not risking it.
I never really had a true need or desire to be a mother, I just feel like it´s a burden society puts on women. I feel the need to decide before I get too old in order not to regret it later, but I must say I am 90% pending to be childless.
I find this webpage really helpful, because it is clear about a lot of issues that people do not discuss. I tell my husband that we will never be able to know if having a child is good or not because parents would NEVER be sincere about the experience, since it´s something people can never take back.

Nina
5 years ago
Nina 5 years ago

Hi Nicole, thanks for being so open about your personal experience. Whatever you decide, I wish you peace and happiness. that is ultimately what most of us want. Yes there is a great deal of pressure put on us women to conform to what is seen as the norm.

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