Dear Mom, You are Not Alone With Your Struggles

Being a mom offers women countless moments of joy.  There can also be many moments of worry, sadness, and feelings of inadequacy.  When a mom is surrounded with a strong network of supporters, reinforcements are readily available.  But, many moms do not have a strong network, and they feel very alone.  Even moms with strong supporters may be afraid to share their struggles with their network because of a fear of being labeled as a ‘bad mom’.  She, too, may feel alone.

If you are a struggling mom and feeling alone, you should know that mental and emotional health struggles are more common than you may realize.  Did you know…

  • One out of five women will struggle with a mental health condition in any given year? This can include anxiety and depression, two of the most common mental health conditions.
  • Women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime? It is a normal part of life to experience occasional anxiety, but if you experience anxiety that is disabling, or interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can include worry, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and phobias as well as a number of other anxiety conditions.  Anxiety disorders are among the most common of mental health conditions in America; over 21% of adults (42.5 million) are affected by these debilitating illnesses each year.  Causes could stem from a variety of factors, such as stress at work, relationship issues, or financial stress to name only a few.  Maybe it’s the feelings of not living up to high expectations, including self-imposed expectations or perceptions of what is expected from others.   Anxiety disorders are treatable conditions.
  • Women are also twice as likely to have depression as men?  Approximately 12 million American women experience clinical depression each year.  About one in eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.   Also, about 10% -15% of new mothers develop postpartum depression, but some experts believe the number may be even higher because many women don’t seek treatment.  Depression is a treatable condition.
  • Moms who frequently use social media are 2.7 times more likely to struggle with depression? Constantly comparing our lives with others is not healthy, especially when social media users typically only posts photos and information showing only the most happy moments in their lives, not giving a true depiction of real life.

Being a parent can be tough, and we all can feel overwhelmed at some point in our life.  The good news is that mental health conditions are treatable, but you need to take the first step and reach out to your support network.   It’s okay to ask for help.  We hope you will add LookUpIndiana.org to your support network.   There are caring people available for you to chat with about your struggles.  Text LOOKUP to 494949 any time, 24/7, 365 days a year to text with someone who is there for you.  Or, you can all 800-284-8439.

Also, please know that LookUpIndiana.org offers you a variety of resources.  This website focuses on mental and behavioral health and wellness, offering you a plethora of information as well as providers and resources near you.  Topics include depression, anxiety and there is even a page for parents.  Plus a lot more!

To all our moms, we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!   And, please know that resources are available for you.
You are never alone!

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