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Suzanne Doll

If I was aware that a bio parent was diagnosed with a mental illness, I would want to know if they are in treatment and if so, are they compliant with treatment and medications if prescribed. I would also want to be aware of symptoms associated with the diagnosis so I will be aware of how the parent may/may not present. Understanding how the parent views his/her mental health would also be helpful to determine if the parent will remain compliant with treatment recommendations and their overall motivation to parent. It is important to remain nonjudgmental when working with parents who may be dealing with a mental illness as to not stigmatize further.