Being a Parent With Depression to a Child on the Autism Spectrum

I get panic attacks thinking she is going to be like me; that she is going to have to deal with mental illness, and she already is. My anxieties get validated and I become more anxious.

But.

Even though I am weighed down by my depression every day…

Even though I am constantly fighting a battle inside of my head every day…

I get up.

I keep going.

She wouldn’t be better off without me; she just needs me.

Go away, voices.

 

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