Stay-at-Home Moms Are More Likely to Be Depressed

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Could staying at home with baby put you at higher risk for depression? A new Gallup poll suggests it could. For the poll, women from three different groups — stay-at-home moms, working moms and women without children — were asked questions about their own emotions and lives. Working moms reported similar rates of sadness and anger as women without children did, while stay-at-home moms has slightly higher levels of those emotions. The biggest difference, however, was in stay-at-home moms’ reported feelings of depression. 28 percent of them said they’d felt depressed, while only 17 percent of working moms and 17 percent of women without children did.

Those who seemed to have it worst were those with low incomes. When asked if they were struggling, the women with lower household incomes (under $35,000 per year) were most likely to say they were. The stay-at-home moms who were in the low income category were also less likely to say they smiled or laughed a lot, learned something interesting, experienced enjoyment or experienced happiness than the low-income working moms and low-income childless women did.

Do you work or stay at home? How do you think your employment status affects your happiness?

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