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← Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

Roedy's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by Roedy

There are several things to consider:

  1. is the problem truly genetic? My mother was mentally unbalanced and cruel. I decided quite early on not to reproduce because I wanted to stop the spread of her genes. Yet when I look at my nieces and nephews there is no sign of that. Her genes, diluted in moderation, might just have given them a little spark and drive.

  2. If you are manic depressive, lithium is a very cheap drug to control it. However if you needed $2 million heart surgery at birth, you want to be very sure you don't visit that on the next generation.

  3. a big problem now, e.g. diabetes, might in another generation be fixed with gene manipulation, or an implant or something considered trivial.

  4. I get extremely annoyed with people who keep producing seriously handicapped children. They should be charged with some sort of assault. That is so selfish and so cruel.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 03:01:49 UTC | #946027