Challenges & Support For You

For most parents the first few weeks following a diagnosis are a blur. Some of the most common reactions include:

  • Shock
  • Disbelief and denial
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed

People can experience different combinations of these emotions at different times, from diagnosis onwards.

Page last reviewed / updated: February 2021
Next review due: February 2022