Wednesday Workshop – Depression and Caregiving
Hello and welcome to our Wednesday Workshop. In your effort as a family caregiver to provide the best care possible, you might put your loved one’s needs before your own. This could lead you to develop feelings of sadness, anger and/or loneliness. Sometimes, these emotions can trigger caregiver depression. Caregiver depression can take a toll on you and your ability to care for your loved one. This article can help you understand the signs of caregiver depression.
Nearly one-third of people caring for terminally ill loved ones suffer from depression, according to research from Yale University. Here are the symptoms of caregiver depression:
• Becoming easily agitated or frustrated
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
• Feelings of hopelessness
• Thoughts of death, dying or suicide
• Disturbed sleep
• Fatigue or loss of energy
• Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
• Difficulty thinking or concentrating
• Changes in appetite and weight
• Physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain
Caregivers are so vulnerable to depression because they often sacrifice their own needs while tending to their loved one and because of the constant stress that is involved. If you’re experiencing signs or symptoms of caregiver depression, consult your doctor immediately. Depression isn’t something you can “snap out” of — and if left untreated, depression can lead to various other problems.
Caregiver depression can also affect the quality of care you’re able to provide for your loved one.
Before that happens, consider taking advantage of the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center’s FREE initial Coaching for Caregivers session where we can help you, support you and offer you professional guidance. To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!
Source: MayoClinic.org and American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders