Stay-at-home moms report being sad, angry, depressed

By Cristina Rendon

Published 05/22 2012 04:40PM

Updated 05/22 2012 07:12PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A recent Gallup poll reported the degree of difficulty of being a stay-at-home parent, with women who said they experience more worry, stress, anger, and depression.

The Gallup analysis focused on 60,000 U.S. women interviewed in 2012, in which many reported having negative emotions.

However, not all stay-at-home mothers in Utah agree.

Amanda Manzanares said she loves to stay at home with her 14-month-old daughter.

“Being a stay at home mom, you get all the moments,” Manzanares said. “It has its frustrations just like with anything else I think, but I definitely enjoy it more than if I was missing these moments.”

Heather Maez, a stay-at-home mother of two, agrees.

“I try very hard to get out of the house and have something planned, not just for myself but for my kids,” Maez said.

Non-employed women with young children are more likely than women with young children at home who are employed for pay to report experiencing sadness and anger. Stay-at-home mothers are also much more likely to report having ever been diagnosed with depression than employed moms.

Utah ranks highest among states for prescribing anti-depressants.

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