Housewives and Substance Abuse

Housewives and substance abuseDoing any internet research about stay-at-home moms and housewives results in a multitude of different topics ranging from recipes to part-time jobs to child-care tips. Take a closer look at any of these websites and you will find an underlying theme: many women are struggling when it comes to being a stay at home mom. There are even some websites that are dedicated to stay-at-home parents.

Are You Depressed?

While many of these sites provide uplifting, encouraging, informative, and useful bits of information, when you delve into the “blog” component of the site where people can “communicate” with each other, you often find topics predominantly dealing with depression. According to the National Mental Health Association, approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year. Common depression symptoms include the following:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or recurrent thoughts of death
  • Sleep disturbance (sleeping more or sleeping less)
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of energy and fatigue

Women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. This two-to-one difference persists across racial, ethnic, and economic divides. In fact, this gender difference in rates of depression is found in most countries around the world.


The most prescribed antidepressants in the United States are Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac. However, even with just short-term-use of Zoloft you can experience the following side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Gas or bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight changes
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Headache
  • Pain, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Nervousness
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • Sore throat
  • Changes in sex drive or ability
  • Excessive sweating

Some side effects can be serious and require immediate medication attention, including:

  • Blurred vision
  • Seizures
  • Fever, sweating, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeat, and severe muscle stiffness
  • Abnormal bleeding or bruising
  • Hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)

Get Help for Substance Abuse

If you or someone you know is abusing either prescribed or illegal substances, it is often difficult to determine when a person’s use moves from therapeutic to addictive. However, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about substance abuse. We are here to help.