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Bored And Depressed Stay At Home Mom Feels Guilty
Lonely or Ill?: Bipolar or depressive disorders can be diagnosed and treated by a mental health specialist. Treating any mental disorder and working to increase satisfaction in life is helpful to anyone. A person who is depressed and then happy when with a loved one might be lonely or not engaged enough in life. Some people benefit from reading a self-help book on positive psychology. ...Read more
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
Tell another adult: It is important to share concerns with an adult you can trust. A teacher, school nurse or minister/pastor /rabbi are also good choice people. Perhaps, your dad, a grandparent or aunt/uncle. One of the most important things to know about sad or anxious feelings is to share them with someone else. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I feel like my mom always starts dumb arguments with me and then she blames me for the argument. Makes me feel frustrated and depressed. Advice?
Therapy: Therapy would be a good start. Find a professional with whom you're comfortable so you can figure out why you're depressed and not getting along with your mom. Ask your mom, doctor or any trusted adult to help you find a therapist or low fee clinic if that's better for you. Support and guidance will make a difference. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Some ideas: 1. Have your mom consult w/ a psychologists. I would want to rule out other mental health issues that look like depression (i.e. Dementia). 2. Help her improve her social life - feeling connected is one way to combat depression. 3. Activity - do an activity together walk, dance, stretch, etc. 4. Validate her feelings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Carefully: Try and limit your conversation with your mother to "i" statements. That is, say how you feel without adding the word you and refering to your mom. It is hard to do. If you say you, your mom may become defensive and the conversation end up to be non-productive. You may say: "i feel unappreciated, " "i feel lonely, " "i feel sad, " "i feel unwanted, " your mom won't be able to disagree w/your feelings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is she getting help?: Encourage your mother to start with a medical evaluation by a physician. A doctor can not only assess for a mood disorder but can also check for underlying medical conditions that may be the cause of depressive symptoms. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Psychiatric medications may be indicated. ...Read more
Talk w/ mom & doc: It sounds like you're having a tough time with ur mom. Perhaps a meeting with her doc would be helpful. Depression is an illness. It is not caused by disappointment at someone's appearance. Do you feel ugly? I suspect ur not the cause of ur moms depression. At the same time, it sounds like you cld benefit from talking with someone, yourself. Reach out to ur doc or moms & feel btr!! ...Read more
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