It might be assumed that a parent with a psychiatric diagnosis will have difficulty providing the nurturing, supportive home life that a child needs for their own mental wellbeing. This can sometimes be the case, but it should not be assumed to be so. The impact of parental mental ill health should be judged by the parent’s behaviour and the support available to that parent, not just their diagnosis. For instance, where additional problems like drug or alcohol misuse are evident, or the home circumstances seem very difficult, or family relationships are troubled, then a practitioner should expect that a good deal of support will be needed. Where the partner and other family members are providing good support, and the parent is receiving the treatment they need, there may be much less cause for concern.
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