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Question:

I was told i have a personality disorder. I was in a good relationship for ten years, am in a good relationship now but am told due to my personality disorder, it's best that I never have children. I am now 40 and want children.

What is the prevailing opinion on having children? Are personality disorders genetic?

Answered by: Michael First

There is some genetic contribution to personality but it's not that strong. Certainly not strong enough to prevent someone from having children. Depending on one's personality disorder, having children could be particularly challenging and the personality disorder itself may have an impact on the upbringing of the child but that is something that can be dealt with through therapy.