The recent article about a mother who killed her child with special needs sent chills down my back. See: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20120852 for information about this news story.

I work with many mothers (and fathers) who show despair throughout the parenting life-cycle of a child with special needs: from diagnosis, to prognosis, to the day ins and outs of development. For parents with children who have special needs oftentimes there is no break. Ever. Never, ever, ever. And burn-out settles in. The job of mental health practitioners and family members is to share the burden, know signs and symptoms of stress and depression, and then help intervene before it is past the point of no return.

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