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Single Parenting and Perinatal Mood Disorders

posted Dec 1, 2014, 11:08 AM by AndrewandSarah Witzel
Due to divorce, death, choice, or many other causes, parents are raising children, even newborns, alone without a partner. Being a single parent is considered a risk factor for postpartum depression. (Remember that this is not the same as saying that single parenthood
causes postpartum depression). 

I have not personally experienced single parenthood. My only awareness of it has been through reading and talking to those who have experienced it. However, I feel it is an important issue to raise in our discussions of perinatal mood disorders.

One of the challenges that single parents face is a lack of support. Being solely responsible for the intense needs of an infant can be overwhelming. Because single parents do not have a partner to help in daily life, it is vital to seek support from other sources - family, friends, neighbours, or community groups.

Connecting with other single parents who understand the challenges that you are facing may also be helpful. Through in-person groups in your community, or through online forums, there are opportunities to speak to people who have walked in your shoes.