Depression and anxiety w stay at home mom

Phoenix89jp - posted on 03/23/2017 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have worked most my adult life and the past four years while my husband stayed home w our son. Well we decided for my to stay home bc he got an awesome job offer. I was so excited. Then after a few weeks I became so emotional and anxious. Uncontrollable crying and arguing with my husband over nothing. I feel like I'm going crazy.. I just want to know if anyone else has experienced anything similar?

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Rebekah - posted on 04/07/2017

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Similar situation here. Been working my whole life and husband got a job relocation offer so we took it, moved across the country, I stopped working to stay at home with the kids (1 year old and 3 year old) and I'm going crazy. Pretty sure it's certifiable. I am super emotional (for no real reason), anxious, and always looking to pick a fight cause everything annoys me. Then I feel guilty cause I've got a great life and I have no reason to be acting this way. Then the next day, the vicious cycle begins again! It's just a part of a huge change, being lonely and the HUGE pressure we feel for raising children. I'm constantly questioning if what I'm doing is the right or wrong thing....it can wear on a girl! So I try to replace my negativity with positivity....it's working about 50% of the time but with more time, things will start to even out.....all I can say is accept help if someone offers and remember that things could always be worse.

Sabrina - posted on 03/23/2017

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I went through something similar early in my marriage when i stopped working when we had kids. For me it went from knowing i was contributing and bringing in money to help take care of us,to feeling like i wasn't contributing at all! (Yes now years later i know i do ALOT and i know it) but that first adjustment period was hard. If you can do something you feel contributes to your family try and do that. I hated feeling useless until it finally clicked that i wasn't useless. It may not be easy but you can get through this. THE crying and arguing are you ways of venting. If there is something you enjoy doing do that. Even if it is 5 min every other day. Something to let the steam out as you grow used to the change. It can be done and i feel you will do it. (Hope i didn't step on your toes but you did ask,only trying to help.) Best of luck.

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