Take off Supermom Cape

A new study to be presented at the American Sociological Association shows that trying to work and take care of your family with no help from your husband or cutting back work hours can raise your risk for depression. Working moms, in general, are less depressed than women who stay at home, the study notes.

But when working women feel unsuccessful at home or at their job, their risk of depression increases.

What’s the answer?

Study author Katrina Leupp, a graduate student at the University of Washington, said women should have realistic expectations when they work and raise families.

“You can happily combine child rearing and a career, if you’re willing to let some things slide,” Leupp said.

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