Category Archives: Depression

My mostly happy teenager has many periods of sadness where she hates her life. How do I help her?

My 13-year-old daughter is struggling with some issues. Although she seems happy most of the time, she sometimes says she hates her life. She is very active, laughs and jokes easily and seems to enjoy lots of what life has … Continue reading

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I know Christmas should be a happy time but it fills me with dread.

I know I should be looking forward to Christmas with my husband and children. My son (age 1) and daughter (age 4) are very excited about Christmas but I just think of Christmas with dread. I had a difficult childhood … Continue reading

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My mother-in-law is constantly criticizing me, what can I do?

I have been depressed since the birth of my child 9 months ago. I am doing better but the biggest problem is my mother-in-law. She is always criticizing me, saying I am neglecting my child and a bad mother because … Continue reading

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My grandson is being affected by his parents fighting, what can I do?

I have two grandsons, ages eight and ten. Their parents just started a new business and have been very stressed and working all hours. My husband and I have been babysitting the boys a lot. The parents have apparently been … Continue reading

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What can I do to help with my wife’s depression?

We have two young children, aged two and three years, and my wife has been battling depression for years. Before we were married, she was never depressed. What should I do to help her?  Her mother had depression for years … Continue reading

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How can I lift the spirits of my son while he recovers from a broken leg?

My twelve-year-old son just broke his left femur and he seems to be getting depressed about it. What are some of the encouraging things I could say or do that would lift his spirits up? Is there a video out … Continue reading

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I am worried about the health of my parents. What can I do?

I’m worried about my parents. My mother is in her mid-50s and my father is 49. I’m worried that they are dying of stress, seriously. There’s a history of depression in my family and I think both of my parents … Continue reading

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My son is negative, angry and he thinks about dying. How can I help him?

My twelve-year-old son told me that at bedtime he thinks about what would happen if he died. His recent attitude towards his family is negative and he is always angry.  What can I do to help him? Talking about death, … Continue reading

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Is my cousin at increased risk for Post Partum Depression?

My cousin is pregnant and has a history of depression. Is she at risk for post partum depression? Is post partum depression any different from regular depression? What can I do to help? Post partum depression (PPD) occurs in 10-20% … Continue reading

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What is wrong with my twelve-year-old?

My twelve-year-old son has become more and more grumpy and angry. He used to be pretty even tempered. I don’t know what is going wrong. What can I do? We all have bad patches, it could be that is what … Continue reading

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