You may be one in two Australians at any one time trying to lose weight. Be it from a recent health scare, a hard word from your doctor, or realising you can’t do something that really matters to you. Despite shows like “The Biggest Loser”, the evidence of success for people losing a meaningful amount of weight and keeping it off in the long term is very low.
So often parenting is a vertical job. We worry about keeping our kids safe, respectful and engaged. We relate to them through our differences: we are more experienced and developed, we have more wisdom and power. It is our job to guide and protect them.
I commonly hear mothers say, “I am so exhausted. I have nothing left to give.” I promise you these women mean every word. There is nothing left to give. It’s all being poured into the abyss of Getting Through.
As a psychiatrist I see people with depression every day. Every depressed person is experiencing something different from another depressed person. That’s because depression is not one thing, but a set of interacting emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
Holding your newborn in your arms for the first time and realising you are responsible for this perfect little human can be both joyous and scary - and as your baby begins to grow, so can the self-doubt.