When children have special needs, those closest to them may suffer. Parents of children with special needs often experience emotional problems such as fear, sadness, rage, loneliness, and guilt. They also experience physical problems such as exhaustion and self-neglect. Many report their health as “fair to poor“ and over half say their diets and exercise habits have deteriorated since their parenting responsibilities began. They also report that they do not regularly keep their own medical appointments. It is important for those caring for those with special needs to address and treat their own issues as well.