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COPING WITH DEPRESSION – Understanding Moms Raising Children with Autism

Anthony KaDarrell Thigpen



AUTISM ACADEMY – Research proves that 50-percent of mothers of children with autism are prone to depression.

Unfortunately, mothers must maneuver the uncertain landscape of predicting how well their child will perform with life skills. These ambiguities leave mothers vulnerable to depression, according to a new study conducted by the University of North Carolina.

Here’s why.

In addition to potential feelings of guilt and inadequacy, educators at the Autism Academy for Education and Development understand that there is much more to their story. Moms cope with significant issues that could lead to frustration, anger, irritability, anxiety and more. Many of these unwanted and unexpected difficulties are often overlooked.

For example, the loss of parenthood expectations and experiencing playdates. Children with autism have difficulties engaging in normal social activity and forfeit competitive sports.

Oftentimes, these mothers singlehandedly battle the insurance industry for basic benefits, seek ongoing support therapies, sacrifice their dream careers, and lose lots of needed sleep. As a result, social isolation, exhaustion, expensive treatment plans, and added debt, cause many moms to deal with depression.

These moms struggle with school districts hoping to secure appropriate services while encountering unacceptable issues to which they have little control. This conundrum can create anxiety and anger.

This is why recent research shows that moms raising children with autism often experience depression. When coping with depression, moms need hands on resources and daily support.

The Autism Academy for Education and Development is not just a school, it’s a resource for a parents and a second home for students. The school provides options for moms that are overwhelmed with emotional strain.

While autism is here to stay, moms can find support from like-minded parents, seek respite care and personal counseling, while allowing AAED to provide at-school therapy services through an appropriate educational plan.

Most importantly, keep doing the best you can – your best is good enough. Know that your struggles are understood and you do not have to cope alone.