Our expert says:
I think an often over-looked perspective is that over-protective parenting produces under-protected kids.
YOu can never be with your kids throughout their life, to do everything for them and protect them from everything - only by strongly encouraging the development of their own skills at recognizing, avoiding and dealing with risks, can they be as safe as possible.
I don't think this is any special feature of bipolar disorder, but perhaps to a degree of any chronic illness. When your self-confidence and self-esteem is diminished, and when you need to rely to a degree on help from others, it can become a habitual posture, and one's self-sufficiency can start to reduce.
This is again why I deplore the too-frequent approach of shrinks to try to manage a complex disorder like Bipolar entirely chemically, without attentind to the psychological components.
Kitty, having driven me nuts by being on heat three times in the last 6 weks, seems to have stabilized and regained her dignity at least for now, and appreciates the scratches
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