Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center
Parenting while Experiencing Depression (How it can Potentially affect your Child's Health)
Depression is a disorder of the brain which negatively affects mood, attitude, and social behaviors. During modern times, approximately 16.7 million Americans experience at least one major depressive episode in a given year. This disorder of the brain causes sluggishness, lethargy, and inactivity. There are various domains associated with depression (as an illness that takes on different forms). Acute depression, for instance, is a temporary condition experienced by everyone where difficult challenges in life produce feelings of frustration, worthlessness, and self-inadequacy. Chronic depression, on the other hand, is a long-lasting condition where symptoms linger for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. Individuals diagnosed with chronic depression struggle to perform activities of daily living such as: getting out of bed, cooking on a regular basis, attending social events, and remaining productive as contributing members of society.
Parents who are currently experiencing depression should seek support and educational awareness in order to better understand the underlying causes of their depressive symptoms. Depression, like all other illnesses, is caused by biological or environmental factors pertaining to one's social surroundings. For example, working excessive amounts of hours while not getting enough sleep can trigger the on-set of depression and psychopathology.