Is it common for women to be depressed after they retire from working most of their lives? I retired recently, thinking I'd enjoy my life at home, but honestly, there's just not enough for me to do around the house. I pick up my grandkids from school about 3 days a week at 2:30 & babysit until around 7:00 PM (which is exhausting). I go to the gym 5 days a week for about 1-1/2 hrs a day as well, but still I am depressed, missing the stress from working and trying to find enough hours in the day to do everything. Ironically, that is why I retired! Do any other women go through this - I mean, is this a transition period of sorts?View Thread
Thanks Annette for the tips. I actually have an appt.with a therapist in a couple of weeks (earliest I could get for this highly recommended in my area). I never could bring myself to do volunteer work - maybe because I worked my way through my hardships (too many to list here) & think that others should do the same. CBT is interesting to me, and I believe that I may have applied some of the techniques in my thinking. I am basically a pessimist and have been most of my life - but I think it's because I am a realist. I have a very hard time seeing things as some of my friends do - kind of fairty-tailish. Over the years, I have learned to change some of the many negative thoughts into positive ones & go through my day consciously aware of what I am thinking and try to change those thoughts. I am tired though - it seems very hard for me to continually, consciously do this at all times. Is that what you do all day? Am I missing something?View Thread
Dave, no I do not have chronic pain - other than being depressed about one thing or another most of my life. I am new to this site and I did not realize the subject matter. Sometimes mental anguish is far greater than physical pain. It is something I cannot put my finger on & the treatment is so broad - from behavior therapy, thought control &/or medication that takes my whole personality out of the picture (which I refuse to do). I fight depression with all that is in me sometimes.View Thread
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