Can people with schizophrenia have children?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
People with schizophrenia can certainly have children. In fact, many people grow up with a parent that has schizophrenia. This does not mean that people with schizophrenia are always healthy parents. Parents with schizophrenia can reduce their risk of relapse by participating in peer groups, taking their medications, and seeing a therapist on a regular basis. People with schizophrenia have the greatest chance at recovery and living well if they receive an early diagnosis, start treatment promptly, and maintain treatment for the long-term.

Family members of those with schizophrenia, including the children of adults with schizophrenia, can get support through family support groups. These groups are found in most states, and the National Alliance of Mental Illness reported that there were over 1,200 family support groups in the United States as of 2008. Family members can use these groups to learn more about the illness and gain a better understanding of how to help friends and family members adjust to, and cope with, life with schizophrenia.

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