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Parenting While Depressed: 10 Things to Remember

By Jenise Harmon, LISW-S

Featured at, March 25, 2015

“Parenting is difficult enough when you feel fantastic, but when you’re struggling with depression, it can seem downright impossible.”

This article sets out to remind you that you are not alone and that you can still be a good parent to your children.

Harmon goes on to provide further detail in the full article, but here are the key points

  1. Sometimes “good enough” is perfectly fine.
  2. Find your tribe.
  3. Find a psychiatrist.
  4. Beware of postpartum depression.
  5. Forgive yourself and your children.
  6. You are not your condition.
  7. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
  8. Lighten things up.
  9. Live fearlessly.
  10. Let your children in.

By Jenise Harmon, LISW-S

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5 Tips for Helping a Depressed Friend or Loved One

By Jenise Harmon, LISW-S 

Featured at, February 23, 2015

Depression is a real illness with very real symptoms. It’s not something a person can ‘snap out of’. It’s a fine balance knowing how to help or in finding the right words to say. Communication can be difficult and feel awkward but a non-judgemental ear is priceless.

This article offers solid suggestions on how to communicate with those we care for who are suffering the effects of depression.

Harmon offers the following recommendations;

  1. Ask what you can do to help
  2. If the person is unable to communicate his/ her needs, offer some specific ideas
  3. Listen without judgement
  4. Ask if the person has suicidal thoughts or feelings
  5. Love the person

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