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  1. Dawn
    Jan 11 - 9:45 am

    Wow–thanks for writing this. I blog about my life as a mom struggling with lifelong, inherited mood disorders while trying to raise happy preschoolers. I can see one of my little guys already showing signs of anxiety (he’s 5), and it breaks my heart. I just don’t want to see my boys go through what I went through as a kid (thank God we have medication and more awareness now!).

    • Susan
      Jan 22 - 1:56 pm

      It can be scary to think that our children may have to struggle with the mood disorders that we’ve had… but as you said, they are in a better position already because of awareness both from society as a whole and from you.

      Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  2. Gina B
    Jan 14 - 11:36 am

    You always have to watch children like mine, who have disabilities, and nonverbal children, like my youngest. We use diet and supplements to combat, but we will not use pharmaceuticals on them. My husband battled with addiction to anti-anxiety medication for many years, so we are leery of them for children. We are, however, fortunate that our children seem happy and outgoing on a daily basis.

    • Susan
      Jan 22 - 2:00 pm

      Great to hear you’re having success with diet and supplements for your children. I believe there is huge power in food and supplements as well as exercise and positive thinking. I agree that especially for children, it can be scary to use pharmaceuticals. It sounds like you’re doing a fantastic job as parents. Good for you!!!

      • Gina B
        Jan 22 - 2:01 pm

        Thanks Susan! I do my best :)

  3. Tarasview
    Jan 14 - 11:38 am

    this is a good post Susan. I have two kiddos currently being watched for depression and it just tears out my heart that I have passed on my own illness to my children :(

    love you.

    • Susan
      Jan 22 - 2:05 pm

      Thanks Tara!

      It is heartbreaking and can make us feel very guilty that our genetics could bring depression to our children. I try to remember that God made each of us and our children as He intended and that He has plans for us that include using our weaknesses.

      It’s hard to be thankful for mental illness, but I try to remind myself that I can use my experiences and struggles to help others and to empathize with my children as they grow.

      Hugs!

  4. Emiliana Martin
    Jan 14 - 1:27 pm

    This is awesome, Susan. My son and I are battling depression. I also struggle to get and stay out of bed from day to day. While my son can bike to school, I drive him to school because I need a reason to get out of bed. Once I get back, my day has started. I’m beginning to wonder if depression is a silent national epidemic. I’m so glad you posted this. Bless you!

    • Susan
      Jan 22 - 2:11 pm

      Thank you Emiliana.

      Sometimes it helps to hear that you’re not the only one who struggles to stay out of bed. As work-at-home or stay-at-home moms, it can be so lonely and the warm escape of sleep is intensely tempting.

      That is great that you force yourself to get up to take your son to school. Taking action to get out of the house first thing is fantastic.

      And yes, I think depression is a huge issue for so many people and is too often hidden and kept secret. I think the best thing we can do is break the silence and then offer each other help.

  5. Lisa
    Jan 14 - 3:58 pm

    I have battled with depression on and off since childhood. Now that I have hit 40 my hormones are reaking havoc on my emotional well being. Most of the time my depression does not last long but occasionally I will go into what I call “the black hole” where everything is dark, I just want to cry every minute and would like to run away from myself.
    I worry about my children getting depressed sometimes and keep a close eye on them. It always gets better and children need to know that.

    • Susan
      Jan 22 - 2:14 pm

      Lisa, I’m sorry to hear that you too have battled depression… but it sounds like you’ve fought back and been victorious over and over.

      Yes, hormones can be such beasts. It’s crazy how we women also have to deal with the monthly cycles that can mess with our heads too.

      I agree, it’s so important that our children know that everything does get better – even our moods.

  6. Ann Harrison
    Jan 14 - 3:59 pm

    This is such an important post! Thank you so much Susan!

    After the birth of my first child 15 years ago I experienced a sadness that I had never felt before. Lucky for me my mother knew that this wasn’t normal “exhaustion from being a new mom” and that this was more serious. She directed me to call my doctor and once the nurse came on the phone I struggled to speak through my tears. The nurse said “Oh Honey. We are here to help you! Just hang on” and that began my new phase of life, living with depression.
    It has been years since I have used medication (with Doctor’s supervision I tapered from anti-depressant use. Tried it alone – NOT a good idea) and I still panic when just a touch of “that feeling” comes creeping in.
    I feel if we talk about it, keep it in the open, we can begin to take control of how we are feeling, and we can help each other.
    Whew! I didn’t expect to write so much. Thanks again for the post!

    • Susan
      Jan 22 - 2:25 pm

      Thank you Ann for sharing your story here!

      What a relief that your mother recognized your postpartum depression and you got help. That is one of the important benefits of us all sharing our experiences… so people can know when to reach out for help.

      And I too have burst into tears on the phone to a doctor.

      Yes, I hear you on the panic when a touch of “that feeling” starts coming… but it sounds like you’re doing an awesome job with positive thinking and controlling your thought patterns.

      Thank you again!

  7. Excellent post Susan! Great info to share. Living with a child with mental health issues has made me more focused on this. I know I see so many struggling without realizing that the problem may be something like depression. I’m sure this post will help many!

  8. Deanna
    Oct 07 - 5:07 am

    Bipolar runs in my family, and I worry about my daughter. The other day, I was upset over her behaviour at one of her games. I don’t remember what she did that upset me, but I do remember her bawling and asking “mommy, do you still love me?” and the “you don’t love me.” She’s six. My heart just about broke. I don’t know if it has to do with the bipolarism that runs in my family, or if it has to do with her genetic condition. I don’t now anyone else with her condition. Does anyone else out here have a child with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, that is also dealing with depression issues?

  9. lexi fortin-janke
    Feb 18 - 3:07 pm

    Hello my name is Lexi. I am 13 years old and depressed and i dont know what to do about it??? ANY thought on it??

    lexi

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