I have rounded up link’s a resources for us depressed mommy’s!
When I decided to share my story about my depression I never expected the response I received from other mom’s in my life. Old friends, close friends, acquaintances, friends of friends. They all reached out saying that they, too, had dealt with their own times of depression.
I always knew that depression is pretty common in the US, but did you know that at any one point 3-5 percent of adults suffer from major depression; in life the risk is 17%? I wonder how many of those percentages are mom’s? Or more specifically, stay-at-home mom’s?
When I first started this journey of getting myself out of this funk, I started with research. (After I called my doctor, of course.)
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America was the first place I came across. It really is just a site packed full of information regarding depression and anxiety. (They have an awesome resource page too!)
Another great resource is National Institute of Mental Health. Lot’s of good information there, too!
When I decided to do a google search for ‘depression in stay-at-home moms’ I came across this pretty sad article from Gallup.
This data is from 2012, but I’m sure it hasn’t changed much.
“The degree of difficulty of being a stay-at-home parent is evident in a new Gallup analysis of more than 60,000 U.S. women interviewed in 2012. Non-employed women with young children at home are more likely than women with young children at home who are employed for pay to report experiencing sadness and anger a lot of the day “yesterday.” Stay-at-home moms are also much more likely to report having ever been diagnosed with depression than employed moms. Employed moms are about as emotionally well-off as working women who do not have children at home.”
Makes ya wonder why?
After I read a few other things, I got bored on my google search. So, naturally I turned to pinterest to see what I could find about depressed mom’s. Pinterest turned up some pretty awesome articles and blog post’s from other moms who have gone through depression.
(You can go follow my Mom Depression board here.)
Getting information and fact’s about depression was informative, but I was looking for something (or someone) to connect to.
I found a handful of post’s that I wanted to share with my depressed mommy followers (and friends!)
(The following are blog post and articles I have found and will be linking them directly back to the original post. If you’d like to share or pin those specific post please do so from the original post. It’s only the nice thing to do. Give credit where credit is due.)
The link above will take you to a blog post about a mom who has dealt with her own dark days and has some really good tips on how to keep going. It was actually one of the first post’s I pinned on my personal Pinterest page.
Click the link above to go to an article on The Mighty. When I read this I was brought to tears. It was like reading MY thoughts on my darkest days.
To The Mom Who Feels Depressed on The Humbled Home Maker
This is a post from a mom who has been depressed to other depressed moms. I really enjoyed reading this post. It gave me hope that I will get better, because there are other moms out there that have been in my shoes. And they got better!
The link above seems to be a bit older, but has some great tips on how to keep pushing forward.
The link above will take you to a post on Scary Mommy. Its a post that most stay-at-home moms can relate to. I think anyone who has battled depression can relate to much of what she says.
The link above is the last I have to share for now. She has great advice and tips get you out of a funk.
If you feel like you suffer from depression please reach out and get some help. Find someone to talk to. Call your doctor. You can get better! Please feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need someone to listen and relate to what you are going through. You don’t have to go through this alone!
If you ever have thoughts of suicide call The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.