March 14, 2012 07:45
The number of working moms who often suffer the blues has been rising in parallel with the growing number of double-income families. Many report that their attempts to be perfect both at work and at home have increased their stress levels and negatively affected their mood.
According to a recent straw poll conducted from Feb. 14 to Feb. 23 on 198 working moms nationwide by Duo Child, which provides consulting services to help with raising children, 88.9 percent of the respondents said they battled depression on a weekly basis.
Some 55.1 percent said they feel depressed once or twice a week, while 25.8 percent said they feel that way three to four times a week, and 8.1 percent said such feelings arise five to six times a week.
Asked when they felt the greatest urge to quit their jobs, most (44.9 percent) said the desire was strongest when they lack sufficient time to take care of their children. Some 22.7 percent, said they want to quit when they are saddled with too much work or do not have enough free time, while 12.6 percent cited family conflicts as the main reason for wanting to hand in their notice.
Other reasons were: feeling unfairly treated at work (7.1 percent), having too many household chores (6.1 percent), low salaries (5.1 percent) and failing to get a promotion (1.5 percent).
Most of the respondents (50.5 percent) turned to their girlfriends for advice and consolation, followed by their husbands (18.2 percent), parents (13.6 percent), and coworkers (8.6 percent). Some 9.1 percent said they did not have anyone to talk to about their problems.
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