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Does a parents' having schizophrenia mean loss of child custody?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not necessarily: As stated in another repsonse about parenting, someone with schizophrenia who responds well to treatment can do just fine as a parent. Like anyone with a chronic, recurrent condition, there may be times when they need additional support, but many do just fine.
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
NO: I have had patients with serious mental illness get custody of their children even when the other didn't have mental illness. They must prove that they are the better parent. This includes regular psychiatric treatment and compliance with medications. It also depends upon what the other parent is like.
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