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Addressing Depression Among Parents of Children with Disabilities

Parenting is a challenging undertaking in and of itself, but it is made considerably more difficult when the child is differently abled. Our communities have a different perspective on such families than developed communities. As a result, the pressures from society and family raise the risk of depression among parents of challenged children. Mental and physical activities are slower in a depressive condition than they are in a normal state. In such situations, the person feels rejected and demoralized, and their self-esteem plummets. Also, a potential to acquire a negative outlook on the future and low self-esteem. Sometimes parents are unable to cope with society’s stress; especially for women, the strain is strong, and they are more susceptible to depression. As a result, addressing depression among such parents is critical for them to cope with their problems while also boosting societal awareness.