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How do you deal with mentally unstable people?

Do you let documented mentally unstable people around your children? Family or not?


Asked by Mme.Langley at 12:52 PM on Dec. 30, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Considering my oldest is Bi-Polar and my youngest is a year my answer is yes...Mental instability doesn't mean they will harm a child or pass on their cooties.

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 12:59 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • i don't know how does your daughter deal with be around you.... that's where it starts... but i don't run from my issuse or problem either weither i have a disorder or not... untsable no... i can hold my own and take care of myself.... it's those who have issues them selves and can't admit to it that i wouldn't let my child around... and there is only one person i know that is that way... and i'm posting on her comment.... grow up get a life even a hobby... or even get a job...

    Answer by Lynnsae at 1:03 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Depends on the situation, I would say. The term "mentally unstable" is pretty broad.... my oldest has bi-polar disorder - she's around my 5 other children frequently. She's 24 - my youngest is 10 months. If you're talking criminally unstable, that's a different story. But, if you mean a mental health diagnosis - teaching your children that people have problems and there are healthy and acceptable ways to interact is appropriate and responsible.

    Good luck!! :)

    Answer by AAAMama at 1:13 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • My MIL has papers stating that she is insane, but I think i will let her around the baby when it arrives. I'm sure I will have to keep an eye on her though. Not that she would intentionally harn the baby, but I never know when she is going to go from one extreme to the other.

    Answer by soon2bmmy at 1:19 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Hahaha. Thats good.

    Comment by Mme.Langley (original poster) at 12:56 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • it depends on how unstable, how they do with short or longer periods of interaction. I wold have no problem with them being around them while I or my husband supervised.

    Answer by tntmom1027 at 12:58 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Depends on what you mean by mentally unstable. I consider mentally unstable people to be pedophiles, very violent people, etc. In those cases, I protect my son. But those with a mental illness, nope doesn't bother me. If the person tends to get agitated easily I monitor the situation. But I'm used to being around people with mental or neurological disabilities.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 12:59 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I'm not sure if this question is serious or not! Nonetheless, my younger brother (adopted) has FAS he goes around my daughter all the time supervised he at 21 doesn't understand the responsibility of a baby because to him he is just like her.

    Answer by jdbrown21 at 1:05 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • There are a ton of mentally unstable people on this earth I have known some who were in different stages on medication going off and full blown crazy. My kids have seen them and now being older they know its just a part of life.

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 1:09 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I guess that would depend on what the 'mentally unstable' person is diagnosed with, how they are in general and the situation.

    Answer by MizLee at 1:22 PM on Dec. 30, 2010