Autism Moms Have Stress Similar to Combat Soldiers
Mothers of adolescents and adults with autism experience chronic stress comparable to combat soldiers and struggle with frequent fatigue and work interruptions, new research finds. These moms also spend significantly more time caregiving than moms of those without disabilities.
This study followed moms of kids on the spectrum. Having one on the spectrum and one with other severe emotional impairments, I have to say that it should simply say special needs.
We love our children. We want what is best for them. We want their happiness. We do our best. For some of us as parents, we put in a lot of extra work. I will admit that sometimes it feels like a war zone. Attempting to provide the life our kids deserve with the setting they need while working with the school to ensure they are getting a worthy education and becoming well adjusted adults.
It’s exhausting. I’m glad to see that studies are finally starting to recognize just how much we parents of special needs children are going through.
Read the article, then come back here to discuss. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts.