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Can someone with schizophrenia take care of small children?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
Often times, if a person with schizophrenia is well controlled with medication in terms of his or her symptoms; then that person is really able to do just about anything, including caring for kids.
There are doctors who have schizophrenia. It is only when someone with schizophrenia has an exacerbation of their illness, that could cause some compromise in such areas of responsibility as child care.

In brief: It depends
Often times, if a person with schizophrenia is well controlled with medication in terms of his or her symptoms; then that person is really able to do just about anything, including caring for kids.
There are doctors who have schizophrenia. It is only when someone with schizophrenia has an exacerbation of their illness, that could cause some compromise in such areas of responsibility as child care.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Schiz.
Several schizophrenics in recovery and having strong social support system are indeed functioning in society.

In brief: Schiz.
Several schizophrenics in recovery and having strong social support system are indeed functioning in society.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: With some good help
A person with well-controlled schizophrenia should be able take care of his own children if he has help.
The helper is not necessarily to help do the child care, but also to help monitor the status of the schizophrenic, because the schizophrenic may not be aware of his symptoms gradually returning, if the symptoms were to return. These situations are best judged on a case-by-case basis.

In brief: With some good help
A person with well-controlled schizophrenia should be able take care of his own children if he has help.
The helper is not necessarily to help do the child care, but also to help monitor the status of the schizophrenic, because the schizophrenic may not be aware of his symptoms gradually returning, if the symptoms were to return. These situations are best judged on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
In brief: Depends
How severe is the illness how well it controlled how much external support is available--i've had several pts whose kids seem okay.

In brief: Depends
How severe is the illness how well it controlled how much external support is available--i've had several pts whose kids seem okay.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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