Mindfulness Practice Reduces Stress And Depression For Special Needs Parents
07/31/2014 - 06:32
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Monday's New York Times "Health" section featured an article When the Caregivers Need Healing, focusing on a recent study showing that just six weeks of mindfulness training produced lower rates of stress, anxiety and depression in parents who are raising a child with developmental disabilities, genetic syndromes or psychiatric issues.

At "The New Normal," we are always interested in research that may help our readers. For parents of children with special needs, have you tried any type of mindfulness-based stress reduction? If so, what was the effect? If not, would you be interested in participating in a six-week training?

Please share your comments below or email "New Normal" editor Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer at gabby.newnormal@gmail.com.

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Stress is considered as a typical physical and psychological reaction to any positive or negative life situations, like acquiring a new job or loss of a loved one. Stress is not to be considered abnormal or bad.Depression does have many probable causes such as genetics, chemicals in the brain and life situations. Extreme stressful life events can increase the possibility of triggering depression if you cannot cope with the stress well. There are also growing evidence of a relationship among stress, poor coping patterns and physical illness.