Coping Tips for Parents of Children with Autism
Not surprisingly, depression is common in parents of children with autism. Sometimes it lasts a long time and sometimes just a short time. I have some parents who experienced such depression after their child was diagnosed with autism that their doctor prescribed antidepressants. Once again, I recommend finding someone you can talk to who will help you work through your feelings of sadness. It's natural to be depressed upon hearing that your child has a disability, but if that depression leads to inactivity and withdrawal from society, it will damage you, your marriage, and your children.
One thing that parents have said to me over and over again is that their initial feelings of depression and hopelessness lifted once they plunged into actively seeking interventions for their child. Nothing is more depressing than uncertainty and inactivity. When you start taking the necessary steps to improve your child's symptoms, you'll feel energized and hopeful again. Raising children is always a roller-coaster ride, but a sense of competence and optimism will see you through a lot of the harder times.
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From Overcoming Autism by Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D. and Claire LaZebnik. Copyright © 2004. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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