Study: Stay-At-Home Moms More Depressed Than Working Moms
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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) â€“ A recent Gallupstudy finds that stay-at-home moms are struggling more than working moms.
After interviewing 60,000 women, Gallup found that 28 percent of stay-at-home moms reported dealing with depression for much of the day, compared to that of 17 percent of working moms. The study also showed that stay-at-home moms deal with more stress, sadness and anger.
â€śWhen someone has a baby in our culture, or even adopts one, they can lose status, income, friends and the life they knew and were used to,â€ť Sara Rosenquist, a reproductive health psychologist, told Metro Parent.
Metro Parent states that stay-at-home moms might feel down because the lack of appreciation or sense of accomplishment.
In 2009, The New York Times reported a story in where moms brought bottles of milk and wine to play-dates. One of those mothers, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, a former comedian and writer who published â€śNaptime is the New Happy Hourâ€ť and â€śSippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay,â€ť was featured in the article.
Taylor explained to the paper the trials of having a child, drinking more and finding sobriety.
â€śIt was a taboo moment,â€ť Wilder-Taylor told The Times. â€śIt was a way to express that weâ€™re still fun people. Just because we have babies doesnâ€™t mean we canâ€™t have an adult side.â€ť
Wine companies have even exploited this trend with inventing a wine famously called â€śMommies Time Outâ€ť with the slogan: â€śYou deserve a break. Take a mommyâ€™s time out.â€ť
Occasionally bars sponsor happy hours for moms with babies. Social media groups bring moms together to form monthly wine tastings online, where moms can sit at home, open a bottle of wine, sip and tweet.
In the Gallup study, stay-at-home moms found other ways to cope with depression by continuing education, blogging and joining the gym to have some social time with others.