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I want to play with my kids but my mental health has gone downhill drastically in the past two years

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DEAR DEIDRE: I ADORE my two young children but some days it is a real struggle to get off the sofa to play with them.

My mental health has gone downhill drastically in the past two years.

I want to play with my kids but my mental health has gone downhill drastically in the past two years

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I am on long-term sick leave from work due to anxiety and depression

I’m a man of 28 while my partner is 26.

I’ve suffered with anxiety since my teens and my depression has got worse since my early twenties.

My partner is very understanding but I know this is having a negative impact on her and our kids.

I don’t always know what brings it on.

My medication doesn’t always work.

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DEIDRE SAYS: The demands of parenting can feel impossible with depression.

Most people in this position struggle to ask for help but it’s the responsible thing to do when you have dependent children.

Talking to a therapist will help so much.

Contact the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (bacp.co.uk, 01455 883 300).

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