Quoting Gemmas mommy!:" "
i kind of feel like if you are calm and balanced in how you raise her, she is ultimately going to be a calm and balanced person. i'm not saying that she can't still have any of those illnesses or whatever, but.... i feel like that is the only way to try to prevent any of it.
i don't necessarily think that i have mental illness (i have never been diagnosed with anything), but... my mom was kinda crazy as we were growing up. she has admitted recently that she was very depressed a lot of her life (and consequently ours--my sister's and mine). she was a good mom, but she yelled and flipped out for weird reasons. she wanted things a certain way and got upset easily. so... i kind of have adopted some of the same ways, which i am not proud of and am actively trying to change. i anger easily, get upset easily, want things just a certain way and have trouble dealing when they're not. one of my sisters is really calm all the time and doesn't get pissed off very easily. my other 2 are kind of in between, similar to me.
i'm not saying all mental illness can be handled in this way. i'm just saying that if you're doing whatever you need to do (whether it's meds or therapy or whatever) to keep yourself grounded and balanced, then hopefully your child won't have the issues you have/had. and if she does, then... she does. and you get her help. idk if all this is making sense....