Chronic stress is burning out more parents 

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Two-thirds of working parents are showing signs of exhaustion and chronic stress, according to a report released in May from researchers at Ohio State University.
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The pandemic stretched many parents to their limits. Two-thirds of working parents are showing signs of exhaustion and chronic stress, according to a report released in May from researchers at Ohio State University.

In fact, most parents are so stressed juggling demands of work and home that they meet the criteria of burnout, a term usually reserved for people experiencing unrelenting stress in the workplace. 

The loss of regular schooling and support systems over the last two years took a toll. Many parents are still feeling overwhelmed and isolated. It can show up as increased irritability, emotional detachment or simply feeling like you have nothing more to give. 

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two mental health providers who work with parents about burnout and how to cope. 

Guests: 

  • Jenny Britton is licensed independent clinical social worker and director of children and family services at Washburn Center for Children where she works with parents and caregivers. 

  • Katie Thorsness is a perinatal psychiatrist with Hennepin Healthcare’s Mother-Baby Program and the Redleaf Center for Family Healing. 

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