Mums’ fatigue ‘mistaken for depression’

Some mothers are so tired they may be mistaking fatigue for depression, according to Australian research into parental fatigue.

Some mothers are so tired they may be mistaking fatigue for depression, according to Australian research into parental fatigue.

The Parenting Research Centre says fatigue is having a damaging effect on parents’ health and wellbeing and their ability to care for their children. Their research of 1,400 parents shows more than 70% of parents with children under seven said being tired stopped them parenting as they wanted to. It also shows links between high levels of fatigue and anger, frustration and low parental involvement in play and learning activities.

The researchers say parents often play down the impact of tiredness, but add that it can undermine their confidence and satisfaction in their parenting role. There is also concern that there might be confusion over diagnosing postnatal depression because some of the characteristics of fatigue are similar, such as loss of energy.

The centre is preparing a programme on how to combat fatigue and cope better.





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