Parents Bumming

February 14, 2006

Not to pile on the wet blankets, but these sociologists found that parents report significantly higher levels of depression than nonparents.

It’s not just the wear and tear of having an infant, Evenson and Simon find. Parents are more depressed than nonparents:

–Even when their kids have grown and left home

–Even when they do not have custody of the children

–Even when they adopt

–Even when they become stepparents

“You lose your peace of mind, your extra money, your privacy, and on and on and on,” Jeffers says. “The worst part of it all is how much you love them, because you worry a lot and you have to keep learning to let go and let go and let go.” Sheesh, you said it doctor! I’m going to go weep in the corner now.