Child Mind Institute

Why Self-Care Is Essential to Parenting

Caring for children with intense needs can take an emotional (and physical) toll on parents
Writer: Juliann Garey
Clinical Expert: Matthew H. Rouse, PhD

Parents who are the main caregivers for kids with special needs can be at risk for burnout, especially if they don’t have enough support themselves. Symptoms of burnout include anxiety, depression, feeling tired and feeling cut off from other people…