“Single parent households in both the US and England have jumped from less than 10 percent in the 1970s to roughly 30 percent today. Some women are single parents through divorce or separation or unplanned pregnancies, but a growing number choose to have and a raise babies on their own,” according to Susan Newman Ph.D.
Being a single parent can be one of the toughest “jobs” in the world. Raising kids and providing for them all at the same and by yourself can be very stressful, according to psychologists. You worry about what other people might say and how your child is going to be accepted in society for there will always be a stigma on single parenting.
“Misinformation about mental illness shames and discriminates those suffering with depression from getting professional help.”
—Deborah Serani, PsyD
Mental Illness is the stigma of the mind that is common nowadays. The cases of patients battling with the illness have been increasing through the years. But, what if it happens in one of our family members? What can we do to support and help them recover from the illness?
“Generally, marriage and relationship researchers suggest that the goal of couple therapy should be to change the patterns of interaction, emotional connection, and communication between the partners.” I always believed in this statement of John Gottman, PhD. But then, life can be fickle.
Let me tell you about my family – my husband and my five children, a bit of my life.
I got married when I was young and still in college. My husband is an Islam believer, and for us to be together in marriage, I had to convert to Islam. I didn’t mind doing that for I loved him dearly. He was my knight in shining armor, my king, and I was his queen. I was 19, naive, gullible and too much in love to understand the married life.