Family, friends and counsellors hasten recovery
For the single parent, preparing oneself to take all the responsibilities and creating a support system from friends and family, is helpful. In part one of this feature I discussed how Mary and Terry sunk into depression, but family and counsellors came to the rescue. Well, good news it that they got well at last.
Mary’s family support helped her recapture herself again. They allowed her to be. In addition they assured her of their full support. Within four months she was able to pull herself together. She learnt to love and take care of herself as parent while taking care of her child too.
Terry on the other hand sought help through counseling. She felt she had way too much baggage to make progress on her own. Terry is now living a healthy life. Her recovery took seven months. When she understood that her husband was going through depression too, she gave him a lot of support. They both went through counseling and recovered. And although initially Terry’s husband was going to counseling to help his wife become the wife he previously knew, he too in the process got help. Both are now successful individuals as well as parents.
Accepting that one needs help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength. There is hope. There is help.
Joanne Kirera is a practicing psychologist counselor working with teenagers, adult individuals as well as families. She can be reached via: [email protected]
Also read: A comprehensive explanation of postpartum depression symptoms, prevention