Do you think that well-medicated/fully-recovered mentally ill homosexuals should be allowed to adopt
I just found out lately that people with a history of mental illness are not allowed to adopt. I am a homosexual, and have a dislike of pregnancy -- my gal has no ovaries -- does it seem right that I don't have the option to adopt?
I think that it should be allowed, especially if it is allowed for heterosexual couples. Mental illness is so common, in this day and age almost everyone experiences a mental illness of some sort, depression or an anxiety disorder, and those people who are medicated are more responsible than those who don't seek treatment. I have a step dad that is bipolar who wouldn't take meds for years and he was in absolutely no position to be a parent but getting stabilized on the medication has helped him become a better parent.
That is soo screwed up... I have a list of different mental illnesses attached to me... That doesn't make me a bad mom, so why should it matter for homosexuals looking to adopt? It shouldn't! My mom is the one who raised me and screwed me up in the first place because she has mental problems that she is in denial of and refuses to get treatment or take medication for.
To tell you the truth this isn't right at all...
Of course they should. People with mental illness get pregnant and have babies. And if they go off their meds they don't have to give their kids back. So why should they not be allowed to adopt? Does a diabetic have a rule if they don't take their meds they can't adopt? We have a mental illness, not a sign that says KILLER.
I would think yes absolutely yes to your question without a doubt. Even though there are no guarantee's regarding the medication complience. Hey I wish you the best if you intend to take that route. Being gay and bipolar I can empathize.
Personally, I think that if children can get pregnant and raise children and mentally unstable people can get pregnant and have children, then it should be permissible for people who are medicated and stable to adopt, regardless of sexual orientation. So many people are being diagnosed with mental illnesses these days that it is scary. And what constitutes a mental illness? having ADHD and needing a little help to pay attention at work, but being more than capable to care for a child? My father is, I promise you, mentally ill, and has passed it on to me. The difference is that I have been medicated, and while I don't have health care and can't take meds now, I'm still in counseling. My father refuses to admit that he needs help, despite nearly losing all four of his daughters when they found out he was beating us senseless on a near daily basis.
I think you may be talking about 2 separate issues. Homosexuality is a sexual orientation, not a lifestyle choice or a mental illness. There is some confusion as previous versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the most commonly used psychiatric diagnostic manual in the U.S, contained a diagnosis for Ego Dystonic Homosexuality - given when there was a significant level of distress/impairment related to one's sexual orientation. It was removed from this manual due to it's potential for misinterpretation, the diagnosis was related more to the associated psychological distress than to a psychological disorder. I don't believe that there are currently any adoption restrictions regarding either sexual orientation or mental illness, provided it is well controlled and does not endanger the child in the U.S. If you are interested in adoption, I would encourage you to contact the Department of Children's services or a local adoption agency as they may be able to answer more specific questions for you.
Sexual Orientation isn't an issue, history of mental illness I believe should be like any other medical issue questioned, is it under controll and how much of a risk is it. As a society we need to remove the stigma of mental disorders as taboo, people don't choose to suffer from a mental disorder there are many contributing factors physical and chemical included. A person doesn't wake up one day and say 'I think I'll have a breakdown today' and until everyone accept this nothing will change. Yes people with a history of mental illness should be allowed to adopt.
This question is far too general. Mental illness is such a broad term, for example, any 1st year psych student should know that ratio of mental illness to population size is at least 1.5:1. If anyone does not understand that, I mean to say, on average we all have at least one mental illness. The question you ask could be made into dozens or hundreds. I am sure there have been studies galore but a few ideas come to mind. How many kids grow up with parents with undiagnosed mental illness. Are there some illness' with better prognosis of good parenting. Is a depressed mother better than an angry father. What about alcoholics? What about mental illness vs. mental retardation or poorly educated, racist, homophobic, agrophobic, work shyness and so on. The diagnostic manuals for mental illness, the DSM being one, I was prone to reading this when I worked in a rehab. The book is huge! Reciting it would have to be near Pi. On the other end, what facts are certain in adoption? A child needs a home, what options does the child have? Each case should be decided on what is best for the child not to give a fair go to would be parents.
I do I dont see how the stigma of mental illness or hommosexualty should make a differnce in helping possibly saving a child in need iam bipolar and homosexual as well and i think we are just as capable of love as any one esle i beleave the laws on this are discrimation
Yes they should be able to.
We have tons of kids that need to be adopted and there is nothing wrong with that :-)
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