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Caregivers and Depression – Symptoms and Prevention Tips

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Being a caregiver can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. From having to help your elderly loved one with everyday tasks, like bathing and household chores, to having to assist with Senior-Care-in-Monticello-CAtheir finances and doctor appointments, it is easy to see why this job can be a stressful one.

 

Everyone feels stressed at some point, but that stress can quickly lead to depression if you are ignoring your symptoms. Below are some of the most common symptoms to watch for, as well as how to prevent becoming depressed.

 

Symptoms of Caregiver Depression

If you are feeling any of the following symptoms, let your doctor know as soon as possible. The sooner you get treated for depression, the sooner you will be able to provide your loved one with the care they need.

  • Easily becoming irritable, angry, or frustrated
  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness
  • Trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much
  • No longer interested in hobbies that used to bring you joy, like sports or crafting
  • Constantly feeling tired or low on energy
  • Changes in appetite, causing you to eat too much or not enough
  • Heightened feelings of anxiety, restlessness, and agitation
  • Slow movements, speaking, or thinking
  • Frequently feeling worthless, guilt, or focusing on past mistakes
  • Blaming yourself for things that are not your fault
  • Physical aches and pains, such as in the head, neck, or back
  • Unable to focus or concentrate
  • Frequently having thoughts of suicide or death

 

Prevention Tips

  • Seek help. Let someone take over the caregiving responsibilities for you in order to give you a much-needed break. A professional senior care provider can also take over for you until you are feeling better.
  • Write it down. Many people find that writing their feelings down in a journal can be very therapeutic. Whenever you are having a tough day, let all of your emotions out on paper.
  • Do not forget about your friends. Someone with depression may not want to socialize or be around other people, but it could actually help. Even if you do not feel like it, calling a friend or family member is excellent for boosting your mood.
  • Give yourself a break. Caregivers should give themselves frequent breaks in order to do things they enjoy. Go to a movie, have coffee with a friend, go shopping, exercise, or do something that else that makes you happy and helps you relax.

 

Caregiving can be a difficult job, but you can prevent depression from happening if you follow these tips.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/caregivers/in-depth/caregiver-depression/art-20047051

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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