I have suffered from anxiety for a few years which is directly related to my son's behaviour and general demanding'ness'. I've been on citalopram for about 6 months. Is this common in parents of SEN children?
Exceptionally common. I read a study last year that the majority of mothers (and fathers, too, but to a lesser degree) of children who are medically complex or have other special needs show diagnostic signs of depression, anxiety or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) when assess with a complete battery of psychological testing.
Yes counselling has helped me too. I avoided medication for a long time, and can be a bit google crazy, but this time I purposely didn't google it and bit the bullet and its really really helped. Need more respite, but hard to ask hubby to take over at weekends too much as he has stressful job in week and is also poorly (stress / our son related too). I know its a long shot but are there any charities that help provide respite stuff?
Fanjo has a good point. Sometimes, when you REALLY need that outlet, you'll get it all pent up and unload in an inappropriate place or to an inappropriate person (or worse, keep it inside and turn into a blithering moron at a school meeting not that I know personally, or anything ).
I am seriously considering it for myself. I NEED to get myself healthier physically and emotionally.