Helping Mothers of Children with Autism Cope with Depression - Mothers and Autism - Mothers of Children with Autism
Posted May 08 2010 10:59am
A 2007 study conducted at the University of North Carolina suggests that "Mothers of children with autism may be prone to depression if they feel responsible for the cause or outcome of their child's disorder...". 50% of mothers with children with autism had elevated depression scores, compared to 15% to 21% in the other groups. Single mothers of children with disabilities were found to be more vulnerable to severe depression than mothers living with a partner.
It's very important to have a good support system whether you yourself have a disability or you are the parent of a special needs child
Perhaps most important of all, know that you are doing the very best you can for your child with autism. Instead of tormenting yourselves with "what if's," take a moment out to enjoy your child.
I totally agree
I think it's also important to mention another reason it's important to get help if you feel overwhelmed and/or depressed is that a parents consistently negative mood could possibly have a negative effect on a child
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