First Signs of Caregiver Depression Part 2

1.  Some of the first signs and symptoms in mood.

 You may see signs in yours or someone you Love’s Moods…

  • Feeling of hopeless
  • Feeling of helpless
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling empty
  • Feeling persistently sad, anxious or empty mood
  • Feeling moody
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feeling blaming yourself
  • Feeling unable to feel good
  • Feeling unable to enjoy things that you do normally.

You are human if you have or are experiencing these feelings from time to time. Everyone does!

However for people experiencing depression the feelings might be more severe and they do not go away over time.

Depression is when there are a combination of many areas, mood, thinking, behaviour, physical.

Possible Causes and risk factors for depression

  • Unemployment or underemployment
  • Financial strain
  • Health problems or chronic pain
  • Marital or relationship challenges
  • Early childhood trauma or abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Lack of social support
  • Recent stressful life experiences
  • Family history of depression
  • Biochemical imbalances,
  • Illness,
  • Personality (low self esteem, pessimism, poor copiing strategies, passivity, dependence, anxiousness),
  • Lack of social support
  • Sensory loss
  • Stress
  • Short winter days with less light (SAD)
  • Negative life events (losses)
  • Health complications
  • Changes in life roles
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Abuse
  • Neglect

Worried you have depression?

If you are experiencing any of these

  • Marked change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns
  • Inability to cope with problems or daily activities
  • Strange or grandiose ideas
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Prolonged depression or apathy
  • Thinking or talking about suicide
  • Substance abuse
  • Extreme mood swings or excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior

Ask for help from your local doctor or psychologist. They should be able to help you with the right support at this time.

Getting help?

Road to recovery the symptoms and causes of depression are different in different people, so are the ways to feel better. What works for one may not be the treatment for all cases. If you recognize the signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, take some time to explore the many treatment options. In most cases, the best approach involves a combination of social support, lifestyle changes, emotional skills building and professional help.

Remember this too will pass.

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 brilliant!

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