Some situations are life altering. The diagnosis of one's child having special needs is one such situation. Dr. Manoj Bhatawdekar, Psychiatrist describes the parental emotional state in a nutshell. He calls it as GADBAD.
Once the realisation sets in that the child has special needs, parents go through a spectrum of emotions. At the outset, they are in a state of shock. They experience chaos, helplessness, despair. It is a very difficult time till they accept the situation.