02 May, 2010

The Depression of the ‘sandwich generation’

Elizabeth Day reflects in The Observer on the reaction to Alison Pearson’s farewell column in the Daily Mail. The much-loved columnist admitted to having suffered from depression while finding herself sandwiched between children and elderly parents and full of high expectations of herself. “Is it women who are mad, or is it the society we live in?” Pearson had asked. “We always suspected there would be a price for Having It All, and we were happy to pay it; but we didn’t know the cost would be our mental health.”