I’ve written about fellow bipolar sufferer Pete Wentz before here. How has he managed to keep his highs and lows in check?
“While I’ll always be bipolar, I find it easier to deal with now. With marriage and fatherhood, I’ve finally found two fixed points in my life. They’ve taught me patience. They’ve also taught me that I don’t need to feel guilty about being happy. My emotional seasons are less extreme.
“In the past my brain would never stop. Now I’m a father, the world no longer revolves around me.”
I’ve always wondered whether having a child would change the way I deal with bipolar disorder. Of course, I’m not going to have a child simply as a test case in the hopes that he or she would “cure” me but I think having someone so completely dependent upon me would cause me to think twice about trying to kill myself.
6 thoughts on “Celebrity Sensitivity: Pete Wentz”
I’m sorry about the suicidal thought.
Surely having someone you love that depend on you would make you think twice.
If a dog did it too me I cannot imagine if it was my child.
Sometimes I think that a children is really something that makes your priorities change and you have to think about yourself differently.
I will not have this. It never bothered me not having children. I did plan not to have them since I was nineteen.
Now I have a suspicion that I would like to have someone. Let’s say s/he would be in their twenties now and it would be great seeing someone you raised, took care starting his/her life.
That really is amazing that it’s balancing for him. But I’ve seen some that it didn’t go so well and the children were the ones to suffer. So I guess you just gotta take it on a case by case basis
I wasn’t diagnosed until after my son was four, and things got so much worse for so many years because of the medication.
But, whenever I thought I couldn’t stand it for another moment, I used to hold a picture of my son that they’d mounted in a Gerber’s baby cap in preschool in my hand as a talisman to remind me of how much I loved him.
At my very worst moments, when suicide would have been a reasonable alternative, I knew I’d never abandon my son!
I was relay disappointed with this thought .
There is certain moments in the life in which we had to adjust ourselves.
If a bipolar father can manage that balance, all would be perfect! And I do believe its possible with God’s help and the right choices.
I am desperate to have a child. I guess it’s the thought of being loved and needed unconditionally. But I think it’s scary when you’re not sure how you will deal with parenthood.