Another depressing study about working moms and … depression. Wheeeee! Here’s the scoop from HealthDay News:
The analysis of national data on 2,130 mothers with depression also found that working mothers were less likely to receive adequate treatment, possibly because long work hours make it difficult for them to find time to seek treatment.
Why am I not surprised? We usually put ourselves last, whether it’s regarding our physical or mental health. When a busy working mom is feeling depressed, she’s more likely to brush it off because she simply has too much else going on to deal with it.
Well, I’m here to tell you: If your own happiness isn’t worth the time and money for treatment, do it for your family. They need you to be in a good place mentally:
Depression in mothers can have a major impact on the entire family, especially on the health and well-being of their children, the researchers noted. Treating depression in mothers can improve the long-term health of their families.
If you know you’re depressed, please get some help — you can start with an appointment with your regular doctor. If you think you might be depressed but aren’t sure, take this depression health check from WebMD. Even if you’re uninsured, there are options, including generic antidepressants (for as little as $4 a month) and public health clinics with free or sliding scale fees for therapy sessions.
Take care of yourselves, mamas! You deserve to be happy — or at the very least, not depressed.