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.