Caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be an exhausting job for parents and caregivers. Without support from family and community members, caregiving leaves little time for other activities and can lead to depression. According to a new study from Jeonju University in South Korea, higher rates of depression were found among caregivers of children with cerebral palsy due to “time pressure,” which refers to all social and leisure activities caregivers missed—such as gatherings with family or friends, and travel and vacations. Out of the 152 parents analyzed in the study, 38.2% of the respondents scored 16 or higher on the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale 11, indicating significant depressive symptoms. To decrease the daily struggles caregivers experience, the study’s researchers conclude that “it is important to form a support system made up of family, relatives, and neighbors who can offer both emotional and practical support.”
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