Some nurse, on finding out that I was interested in psychiatry told me this today. Of course I felt like telling her to go screw herself because who the hell is she to make such a judgement call. Not to mention that I'm a product of a schizophrenic mom. She then went on to explain what a big burden it is for society to have to take care of them, and how the kids often have to be institutionalized for "just being born" to a person with some messed up genes. So I guess I was wondering what you guys thought. I still think she can go screw herself, because there are plenty of kids out there with serious issues, who have some seriously sane parents, who just don't care or who end up leading a screwed up lifestyle. And just because someone is mentally ill, doesn't mean they shouldn't be allowed to reproduce for fear of passing their illness down to the next generation. Anyway, maybe my little personal rant, just wondering what my fellow psychiatrists thought is all.