Pressures Put on Mothers


Mothers are more likely to experience mental illness because of the mental demand and extreme pressures of motherhood. It does not help that for many women, especially moms, their feelings are often dismissed by others as hormones. In reality, mothers put their kids before everything else, including their mental health, which is often put on the backburner. This causes mothers to internalize their feeling and just do the best they can every day without addressing the issues.

Motherhood can often make people feel lonely, exhausted, anxious, depressed, and even cause PTSD. Unfortunately, once a mother is past the postpartum depression period, which is typically two to six weeks after giving birth but due to hormonal shifts can extend up to 18 months or longer, their mental health is often forgotten, and resources are slim. Other things mothers deal with that can put their mental health in jeopardy are mom guilt, work and family balance, body image, caregiving or having a child with medical or special needs.

There is no right answer to help mothers who are struggling with their mental health and each person needs to find what works best for them. Taking time to understand one’s own emotional needs is critically important, especially during this time of life. One can discover important insights that can help facilitate well-being by spending time daily exploring what is going on beneath the surface. Another way to manage mental health is to identify and combat isolation, which is highly protective against developing further emotional struggle. One thing that can help is to join an online parenting group to help feel less lonely and have the opportunity to talk with mothers who may be having similar experiences. Another thing that can be helpful is finding a group that is specific to your circumstances. There are groups out there for moms of teens, single mothers, mothers experiencing loss, and so much more! It is also helpful to provide a safe space for others who may be struggling and that can help reduce the stigma around seeking traditional care.

Find help below:

Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere

Mental Health Resources For Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults

20 Mental Health Resources Every Mom Needs to Know About

Free Mental Health Resources for Families

Online Parent Groups

This article has been professionally peer reviewed by Director of Cornerstone Consultants, Dr. Amy Trout, and founding advisory committee member for the Uyeno Foundation. You can learn more about Dr. Trout’s work and expertise by visiting

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