In response to some comments on my last post:
I know what you're saying, but studies like these HAVE been done and finished years and years ago. Physicians, parent advocates and those who advocate for children with special healthcare needs have been talking about this stuff for decades -- and have quantified it as well. You can google mental health statistics for siblings of those with epilepsy and find pretty grim information dating back decades -- statistics that show depression, mental health issues, even increased rates of suicide in boys. I sat on the board of a non-profit that worked toward a cure for epilepsy and pushed for funding a study that helped siblings and mothers of children with epilepsy. The physicians on the board basically laughed it off the table. I think that partly speaks to the understanding of mental health issues in our culture and partly to the entrenched, rigid ways of the western medical world.
Interestingly, epilepsy and its effect on families is one of the most poorly understood and funded of all diseases -- for a myriad of reasons.
I don't hold any hope that money will EVER be allocated for families of children with special needs -- as we speak, any money that has been allocated is not just dribbling but actually gushing away. Obvious studies like this one will probably only serve to affirm what most of us feel -- and that's important. I doubt that they will be able to be used, though, for anything other than increased awareness. And while that's important, it's overwhelming to those of us who know it to be obvious.