Children who have special needs tend to experience depression more often than others. But it’s important to remember that it isn’t just the child with special needs who can be experiencing the depression. The fact is that families of children who have special needs also tend to experience depression and depressed thoughts more often. Parents can feel overwhelmed with a diagnosis and with all the extra work that may be involved in caring for and raising a child with special needs. Additionally, siblings can feel they’re not getting as much attention as a brother or sister who has special needs. Shari Duddy, special education teacher, recommends that all family members learn to deal with the situation as effectively as possible, especially when those family members are living in the same household. Following are some tips for keeping depression at bay for children who have special needs, as well as for their parents and siblings.