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Hello there and thanks for asking me to clarify and telling me more about your ex's mental health history. I understand how you would be so worried about your children. It is a hard place to be. Maybe you can talk with her and tell her that you are not telling the court about mental health issues. Tell her that you want what is best for your kids and you believe what is best for the kids is two parents that are going through a friendly divorce. If you come from a place of kindness and real caring in your heart tell her you want to help and have a possitive relationship she may listen to you. I think you have to mend the relationship before she can take any advice. I found out that when dealing with people with mental health diagnosis it only helps to point at the behavior and not the diagnosis. When convincing someone that they need help you can say something like " I worry that you are under a lot of stress". Maybe seeing someone would help you reduce your stress. To ease your fears I will tell you that schizophrenia starts when someone is in their 20's so it does not look like your ex will develop that. With Bi-polar what you have to look for is rapid talking and not sleeping. If you stay friends through the years you may be able to help her with your children when she needs it. Tell her that you will be here if she needs you. I think time heals and with any luck your ex will see a therapist. Maybe a good way to convince her is by example. If you see a therapist and she sees you being calm and centered she may want the same for herself. Most people see a therapist through their divorce. You can teach your kids to call you if they are in an unsafe situation.