The Melancholy Mommy Quiz

Posted on Jan 1, 2011



Below is a series of questions to help determine if you are a Melancholy Mommy.  If you answer “true” to many of these questions, you might want to consider getting help from a licensed professional.  At the very least, discuss how you are feeling with loved ones and friends to get extra support.


1.  I’m drinking a lot more than I used to and exercising a lot less.

2.  I wish my husband would stop making sexual demands on me.  Can’t he see I am exhausted?

3.  Why do I always have to do everything?  Why can’t anyone else do it right for once?

4.  My life used to be fun but nothing interesting or amusing ever happens anymore.

5.  The kids are driving me crazy.  Sometimes I’m tempted to whack them.

6.  I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

7.  I feel so detached, like I can’t really connect with anyone.

8.  What’s the point of going on vacation?  Everything will be the same when I get home anyway.

9.  I missed the meeting / playgroup but they probably didn’t notice that I wasn’t there.

10. Why can’t anyone see there is something wrong with me?

11. I look so ugly.  I should get some new clothes but I am too fat right now.

12. I am a hopeless incompetent.  No wonder why nobody loves me.

13. I should do something about how I feel but I am too exhausted.

14. I’m fine, just stop nagging me and leave me alone.

Adapted from Sorrow’s Web by Anne Sheffield