Timeless topic: Mothers and depression. The two become almost synonymous. There are many reasons a mother may suffer depression: isolation, lack of sleep, loss of identity, finances, weight gain, relationship problems, abuse, unemployment, the list goes on. According to Dr. Amrish Singal, in an article entitled Women and Depression,
Clinical depression affects your physical well-being, resulting in chronic fatigue, sleep problems, and changes in appetite.” So sometimes what we feel might be causing our depression, might actually be a symptom of pre-existing clinical depression.
- According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “Children of mothers who suffer from depression are more likely to have higher rates of hospitalization…”
- Higher rates of abuse are reported in homes where the mother suffers depression.
- Depressed children are less likely to thrive academically, or otherwise.
- Depressed mothers are at higher risk for high-blood pressure and obesity, and all the preventable diseases that result from the two.
That said, depression does not mean you are a bad mother; it means you need help. The first step is to face your truths; the second step is to seek help in resolving them. Talk to your doctor, and here is a list of therapy groups in Wichita, Kansas. There are also online support groups.
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