Mothers with Depression

Depressed MotherMoms are the thread that holds families together. But they are often overworked and exhausted, which may lead to depression.

Everyone has an image of the ideal mother in mind. She cooks, she cleans, and she works and raises children with ease. And she does all of this with a smile on her face and not a crease in her dress.

But most of us know that this ideal image is far removed from the real world. No one is a perfect mother. And just as we are not all Wonder Woman, we all face our own challenges in life.

One issue that can affect mothers is depression. Depression can make every day seem like exhausting work; it can make even simple tasks seem impossible. And studies show that one in seven mothers experience depression during the first year of motherhood, while a study by the Medical Research Council indicates that close to one third of moms with kids of all ages struggle with depression.

Is Mom Depressed?

Take a look at this checklist and see if you or your mother might be suffering from depression:

  • Lack of energy, lethargy
  • Lack of interest in things that were once interesting and fun
  • Inability to remember details
  • Sleep disturbances: either sleeping too much or too little
  • Weeping or sad states that last most of the day
  • Sadness that persists for two weeks or more
  • A history of being anxious or worried
  • In some cases, depression can lead to substance abuse

Remember, all of these signs may point to an underlying medical condition. It is always important to have a complete medical workup with a trusted physician before you get treatment for depression.

Depressed Moms Have Depressed Kids

Scientists have found a link between a mother’s depression and a child’s risk of having mental health problems. The problem, scientists have discovered, is that mothers who are depressed don’t bond as well with their children. In turn, children of depressed mothers do not bond as well with adults, peers or teachers. This often leads to early-onset depression in children.

Depression in Mom can also cause depression in Dad as well. Spouses are particularly susceptible to their mate’s emotional state.

In any case, depression does not go away unless it is treated. But there is hope for you and your family.

These same studies indicated that moms who get treatment for depression can set things right fairly quickly after treatment. Moms who are successfully treated for depression tend to have kids who are just as healthy as children of non-depressed mothers.

Help for Mothers with Depression

If you or your loved one is struggling with depression, we can help. We offer a completely free and confidential help service to connect you with trained counselors who can assist you. Our counselors can help you learn more about depression, determine if you have depression, and help you find affordable treatment for you and your family.

You don’t have to face this alone. We can help. Call today.