It’s not just tough physically being a parent of a disabled child. The toll on mental health can be extreme.
It’s very easy to lose all sense of who you are – or were – before you became a parent, when your focus is totally on your child’s needs. That’s especially true if you’ve also had to give up paid work. Even if you do manage to hold on to your job, the struggle with finding reliable disability-friendly childcare can be a nightmare. And if your child isn’t a good sleeper, whether you work outside the home or not, your exhaustion will amplify any depression or anxiety you may be feeling. And if money is also a worry…you can imagine (or know) the strain many parent carers are under.
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