Sunday, December 7, 2008

Working Moms Depressed

A new study shows 91% of working moms say they have felt the symptoms of depression. CNN interviewed the editor and chief of Working Mother magazine. According to their survey, depression is alarmingly present among working moms today. About 500 women answered the on-line survey to get these results. Nationally, 1 in 5 women are depressed.

The magazine editor says she was surprised by which women reported depression. She said it wasn't necessarily those with newborn babies suffering from post partum depression. It was women with kids older than two years old. Fifty-two percent of the women who responded said they did not seek professional help for depression.

The survey found the women who do the most: work, take care of kids, cook and are great wives, tend to suffer the most depression. Talk therapy, medication and self care seemed to be what brings most of these women out of depression. Self care can include having a cup of coffee with a friend, getting massage or just taking a bath without interruption.

Signs of Depression:
1. Someone is not taking joy out something they usually get a kick out of.
2. If someone seems stressed and lacking their usual personality
3. Lack of sleep
4. Lack of appetite

If you or someone you know fits these symptoms, it might be a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor. The holidays certainly can be stressful. I think it's sometimes hard to distinguish between stress and depression.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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Diane Vespa said...

So I wonder how the rates of depression compare with non-working Moms. Did it say? said...

They didn't survey not working moms because of the magazine-Working Moms-but that's a great question. It sounds like depression is high among all women-1 in 5!

Amy said...

I am wondering about stay at home moms as well. If you find that information, I hope you post it.

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