Hi, I'm Robyn Mandelberg. I'm a psychologist. I'm married. I have a two-year-old daughter, Emily and I'm bipolar. She's been a very easy baby in many ways.
She was sleeping through the night at 10 weeks. She takes three-hour and a half in the afternoon. It's like bliss, but then sometimes, she starts to behave and I think to myself,
Oh, terrible twos, terrible twos. Yeah, she's very two and most of it's great and some of it is hard.
I think so many people are sort of, of the mindset that like, a bipolar woman like, can't, I mean how could she be parent, how could she be the parent?
You know when her mind is just flooded with you know crap and some people look down on me and you know I have my moments like if I'm upset
like I think, Oh no. Is this my illness or is it two-year-old or you know am I brittle, am I irritable and so, I'm kind of always self-monitoring but less and less I'd say.
I mean, I ask myself, Can a woman with bipolar disorder be a mother? Does she have the wherewithal and the control to be a mother?â€ And I think the answer is certainly.
If I have an advice for a bipolar woman thinking about getting pregnant and having a baby I would say that it's totally an individual decision that
you need to have all the data that you can find and you need to have the emotional commitment and sensibility. So, I wouldn't advice a woman either way.
It's a very, very personal choice for me. It was the right choice. I think that bipolar women are perfectly capable being mothers, of course.
Do they need a little more support? Do I need a little more support? Yes, absolutely! Do I need to be on my meds? Do I need to see my psychiatrist twice a week? Yes.
I think bipolar women are caring women. I think they have like a wealth of you know information and a wealth of emotion you know
and I think it can be wonderful I think, but I do think that these women including myself need a lot of support.
You give mommy a hug first.
You know, but is it doable? Of course! It works for me, it works.