First Signs of Caregiver Depression Part 1

I spoke to an old friend recently, it was so good to see her. We got to talking and I told her how I was feeling about caregiving and everything..

I told her how I am feeling angry inside about all the non answers from the doctors, everything is wait and see, we can’t do anything at the moment!

I mentioned the arguments with family, no one supporting me, everyone else is to busy with their lives to care for our Loved One.

I explained how I was feeling sad most of the time, about all the changes that have happened to my Loved One, she said, I could be depressed! I need to go visit my doctor. Is that possible?

Great question, when a friend says the words, “you could be depressed”. It is easy to think of the worst case scenario, it takes a lot of contributing factors to diagnose depression, one conversation with a friend, who doesn’t understand caregiving, may think you are depressed. And at some time or another 20% of all caregivers suffer from depression of some sort. So what is normal for a caregiver?

It is normal to have emotional highs and emotional lows.

Remember it is normal, for everyone alive to be experiencing stress of some sort or another, the interesting thing is how we handle stress, with changes and challenges, each day, dealing with each area of change.  There is no normal person, only a normal dial on a dryer. The question is, if/when the conditions affects your normal daily life. Signs and symptoms can affect your

  1. Mood
  2. Thinking
  3. Behaviour
  4.  Physical

You can see the first signs and symptoms in these 4 areas.

Let’s look a little closer at each area.

We will start with 1. Mood Tomorrow!

Remember you were created to be you!

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are amazing!

 

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The inspiration for this post was a question asked by Octavio was The inspiration for this post series was a question asked on the comments – So what are the first signs of Caregiver Burnout?

Just as each person is unique so are the first signs of Caregiver Burnout.

It’s different for each person.

Thank you  Sonya You mentioned these ones.

Stopped eating healthy

Became forgetful

Became irritable

Great start, these are important ones! Let’s look a little closer in this series.

7 thoughts on “First Signs of Caregiver Depression Part 1

  1. Hi Annie,

    Certainly Caregivers can tend towards Depression and need to be sure to work directly with a Psychiatrist to correctly diagnose that. Sometimes coaching or talk therapy with a psychologist can be enough to help the caregiver to ventilate and diffuse their pent up feelings. However, when it comes to Depression only the Psychiatrists are qualified to diagnose if that is the case.

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