I am reading a book called The Ghost in the House
: Motherhood, Raising Children, and Struggling with Depression by Tracy Thompson. Wondering if anybody else has read it and what they think? I think it's amazing. It hits the nail right on the head. I would like to buy a copy of it for everybody in my family for Christmas, maybe then I'd be better understood! Just wondering if others have read it and what they think.... And I recommend it highly to anyone who is looking for information on Post Partem Depression and dealing with depression while trying to parent.
I think where I'm finding it most helpful is with regards to my son. And the generational, hereditary aspect of depression. I am now planning on looking into getting him a psychiatrist more urgently, especially since the services are now covered and provided by my husband's new employment. For example, my son just asked if he could take Monopoly to school, or a puzzle and I have to say no. I don't want to loose the pieces. But he flies off the handle, slams his fists into walls. Until reading the book I never equated his angry outbursts with depression. I had never even realized that my angry outburts when he was younger, were also a part of the depression. Anyways, if anyone has on any thoughts on depression and children, as well as passing it on through the generations, I could use some insight. My son has been through too much because of my depression and I'm pretty sure he's suffering to some extent and he's using the behaviours he learned from me when he was a very young child. I'm no longer so volatile or violent due to the fact I'm taking 225mg of EffexorXR but I'm still struggling with depression big time (see my last thread for more details on me) but it's partially because of him that I hide so much of how I'm feeling now and fail to deal with it because it gives him a more secure place to deal with his. But unfortunately by not dealing with mine, I'm also not teaching him any coping lessons of any use..... It's a vicious cycle..... Any insight is appreciated.