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What if your child was mentally incompetent

Suppose you have a child that is mentally incompetent. What would your reaction be?

A lot of us would like to dismiss the idea that we may have a biological child with a genetic or mental disorder (granted if you plan on having one). I've had this discussion with a variety of my friends, and opinions on the matter do vary. There are tests to identify genetic abnormalities in a fetus (as in the case with Down Syndrome), while in other (schizophrenia or autism), symptoms don't arise until later in life. Some has stated that they would take care and love their child no matter what, while others have admitted that they may be incapable of coping with the stresses of raising a mentally incompetent individual, and thus would either abort it or put it up for adoption.

The question still stands. What would you do if your child was mentally retarded?

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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

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others have admitted that they may be incapable of coping with the stresses of raising a mentally incompetent individual, and thus would either abort it or put it up for adoption.
I don't see how any parent can do this.

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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

Get him all the best possible medical and psychiatric help I could. There are doctors who train in helping parents through things like this. I'm not saying cure him, as that's usually not possible. But properly prepare myself, and him, for what life's going to be like.

and of course get him a John Cena T-shirt.
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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

I would love my son/daughter no matter what. I don't think we have a right to say no because the child to be born wont be perfect, we don't have a right to say we don't want him/her in our lives.

Away from the topic slightly, the parents of children with birth defects or mental handicaps are some of the biggest, strongest and inspiring people in the entire world.
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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

I just hope I never have any children.
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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

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I don't see how any parent can do this.
I think this is one of those instances where you really don't know what you'd do unless you were put in the situation. Many people don't see themselves caring for children with a mental retardation regardless if they're a parent.

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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

I hate to say this but I wouldnt be able to handle my child being mentally incompetent. I would feel like I failed. I would have to give the child up.
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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

Well for starters it's something that would have to be discussed with my partner as it has to be a joint decision.

Personally though, I would love the child no matter what, but if the child was going to be completely braindead an abortion would be considered due to quality of life for the child would be low. But generally no. Rearing a child isn't supposed to be easy. In fact, I wouldn't even do said tests.

As someone who's worked as a carer I've dealt with people with mental and physical defects so it wouldn't phase me at all and it is something special seeing someone with mental problems overcoming the odds and actually making something of their lives despite everything.

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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

It really depends on the severity of the impairment. If it were down syndrome or a disorder that would require lifelong care, I would urge my wife to strongly consider abortion, the same with physical defects. If it is something that isn't apparent until after birth, like autism, I would care for the child and provide all that I need to to meet his or her special needs. If it were a mental disorder like schizophrenia, I would be especially understanding of this, as mental health issues run in my family, and I myself am diagnosed schizotypal. Things that can be controlled with medicines are pretty much a non issue in this day and age.
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Re: What if your child was mentally incompetent

I'd kill myself if I was gonna have any child, normal or retarded.

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