Parenting alone can come with its own special and unique challenges factor in parenting a special needs child and you add a tremendous amount of stressors on an already difficult role. According to Special Needs Planning (www.specialneedsplanning.net) here are some sobering statistics about families with Special needs: More than 41 million Americans, or almost 15% of the population age 5 and older, have some type of disability; according to 2007 Census survey data. Some 6.2%
What Is Depression? According to the American Psychiatric Association, Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that affects appetite, sleeping patterns, concentration and self esteem. Depression affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime. Depression can be pervasive and persistent but it is treatable! Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include: • Feeling hopeless and overwhelmingly sad.
• Loss of interest or pleasur