I have not written about this before and it is something that I really should have. For the three years of law school - I fought depression. When consulting with the doctor, we came to the conclusion it was fully situational. The reality is as a single mother, everything is down to you. Providing for your needs, your child's needs, doing things around the house, helping with homework - and then you have your own needs. And sometimes the priorities are just overwhelming. Most universities have a wellness center with counselors available - take advantage of them for your needs! I did, and I am glad that I did.
Flash forward to after school. For some reason I thought that once school was over, then all those stressors would just disappear (naive of me, yes?). Well it hasn't. Instead, somehow along the way I lost my identity. Seriously. I have been a student for seven years. I have no idea who I am anymore. I am tired, rung out, and during my seven years - I gave up so much to reach this goal. I didn't date, I didn't hang out with my friends - my child came first, my school came second. And now that there is no school, there is this big gapping whole in my life. I am having such a hard time balancing and equalizing that loss. My friend said that it is like post-partem depression. The focus in on one goal, so much excitement - and then it comes and it is anti-climatic. And you are standing in place looking at what has come, and what your life is - and you just don't know what to do anymore. You have a hard time recognizing yourself.
I don't mean to sound like "poor me" at all. This is just something that I have been struggling with. I am guessing that it may be pretty common to us single parents. Prepare for it....and if it does not happen - wonderful!!! You coped well. But if it does, take some time to evaluate and get some help.