contagious behavior

jake

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I have struggled with depression, It is not always obvious to my children but they are very intuitive in they know when something is wrong. I find with most of society depression is a taboo subject that most don't understand ,So you do your best to conceal and make excuses why you don't do this or that "I am to busy" as a reason why you don't associate with others more often.
I know the Kids have suffered a little and only for my wife activities would be to a minimum. It is my biggest worry that I in some way am going to spread my affliction on them.
 

Cristina

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I too give the same excuses 'Oh no not this weekend, im busy', 'Oh no I can't I have family coming over', 'Oh no is my week to clean the house' but in reality I have nothing to do, sometimes I dont even want to clean and just spend my weekend in bed only getting up to buy the basic things needed for the house. I thank God I dont have kids cause I honestly dont know where I would get the energy or the motivation to do soooo many things with them. Depression is not hereditary but living with someone can make a child prone to depression, kids learn from what they see, their parent's attitude and behavior, etc so in that aspect your child may be affected. However, in your post you mention that your wife does the activities with them so I think your kids are not missing out on doing kid stuff outside the house and they are learning positive behaviors and attitudes. I do think you should talk to your kids about your feelings for them and how you staying behind when mommy is taking them to places does not mean you dont love them. Make an effort every once in a while to go out with them and do things with them and those days you dont feel up to it say you're too exhausted because you have worked hard throughout the week.
 
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