Parenting is tough, doing it with mental health issues makes it even harder

This story is part of Amy Bell’s Parental Guidance column, which airs on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition.

Parenting can be one of the greatest joys of a person’s life — but it can also be one of the toughest challenges they will ever face.

If a parent is dealing with mental health issues such as postpartum depression or anxiety, it can be a truly heart-breaking time for a family. You are expected to feel joy and connection to your kids and anything less feels like a failure to society and to your own family. 

Parenting can be monotonous, isolating and not at all what we expected.

Dr. Michal Regev is a registered psychologist, and a

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