It can be crippling going through depressed when you have children to look after at the same time. The smallest of tasks such as taking a shower might seem difficult and the idea of getting through the tasks of the day overwhelming.
Symptoms of depression are
- low mood, feeling flat
- sense of guilt, or helplessness
- overeating, undereating
- oversleeping, insomnia
- sense that everything is worthless, pointless
It is particularly common to see signs of depression and anxiety in parents who have a child with a diagnosis of a developmental delay. The difficulties in getting enough support for your child and in managing the extra responsibilities that come with a child with extra needs can be extremely challenging.
The best ways to support you and your family during this time is to get support yourself. This might be through
- professional support – being equipped with tools and strategies to whether the storm can be empowering to help you weather the storm
- community support – attending a group that can help build social connections eg, a fitness group, yoga, book group, parents group can provide much needed support to energise you just that little bit to keep going
- family and friends – as we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, we tend to be very bad at asking for help, but taking that step not only will take the load off you, but can help your child as well.
We often recommend counselling support for our parents when they come to us for intensive behavioural support for their child. This can really help to build your strength and give you energy and motivation for the journey ahead .
For more information on getting support for yourself or your child, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org