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The Parenting Blues: How to Recognize Depression


Being a parent has its ups and downs, but the challenges can be even harder if you’re experiencing depression or other mental health issues. Taking care of your family often means being consistently busy and can leave little room to look after yourself. Depression can slowly set in over time, or it can be sudden.

Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and then seek help through a platform or service such as BetterHelp.

What is Depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a consistent feeling of dread or sadness. Anyone of any age or gender can be affected by the disorder. It can be chronic or periodic and range in intensity from mild to severe.  

What are the Signs of Depression?

Signs of depression vary from person to person, but in general, these are the symptoms you should be on the lookout for:

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

  • Weight gain or loss

  • Irritability

  • Hopelessness

  • Anxiety 

  • Apathy

  • Excessive crying

  • Guilt

Postpartum Depression

If you start to experience depression right after giving birth, it could be postpartum depression. At times, symptoms can make it hard to care for your newborn and do other daily chores and activities. Mothers or fathers can experience postpartum depression and the condition can last for months, especially if treatment isn’t sought. 

In order to be there for your family, you first need to take care of yourself. You shouldn’t feel guilty for setting aside time for self-care because that time spent focusing on yourself will equip you to be an even better parent. A mental health professional can help you through any mental health challenges you’re facing, so make sure to seek help when necessary.

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