First Signs of Caregiver Depression Part 5

4.Some of the first signs and symptoms of Physical.

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

  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Over-eating
  • Difficulty getting to sleep,
  • Headaches
  • Waking up in the middle of the night
  • Stomach aches
  • Feeling physically sick
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Sleeping for longer
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Loss of emotional expression (flat affect)
  • Chronic pain which does not respond to treatment

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 might 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 behaviour

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.

Till Next Time – Be extraordinary!

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 capable!

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First Signs of Caregiver Depression Part 4

3. Some of the first signs and symptoms  in Behaviour.

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

  • Withdrawing from family
  • Being overly dependent on friends
  • Crying a lot
  • Increased use of drugs
  • Lack of motivation and energy
  • Increased use of medication
  • Loosing interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Withdrawing from friends
  • Being overly dependent on family
  • Increased use of alcohol
  • Loosing your temper more then usual

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 might 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.

Till Next Time – Be extraordinary!

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 incredible!

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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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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.

Caregiver Stress part 10

Hey Dad, can I have, $30 I’m going to the movies with friends…

Hey Mum, can I have, $50 I need new shoes…

Hey Son, I can’t afford to get my heart medicine this week…

Hey Daughter, I need to get a walker, I’m becoming too fragile to walk with a stick anymore…

The first two statements as parents we are expecting, our kids need help.

The last two statements we may not be expecting our parents needing financial help with medicine or items to help support them to live at home.

In caregiving, there can be many positive stressors – you bring skills, knowledge & abilities to caregiving, you can feel good about – Self Esteem, Helping, Appreciation, Caring & Giving Back to your Loved One. 

In caregiving, there can be many negative stressors, Today let’s look at Financial

Research shows, the average, Caregiver is contributing more then $250 per month to help care for their Loved One.

That is at least $62.50 per week, that’s a minimum of $3250 per year.

If you are struggling to eet the needs of growing children & aging parents, you are part of the Sandwich Generation.

62% of Caregivers work full or part time.

Then come hope to work an additional 36 hours per week.

These are considered the Health Hazards of helping a Loved One.

This is the Financial Health Hazards.

Yet when you are aware, you can make little changes.

Today write down who or what ways, you can ask family or friends to help support your Loved One financially?

Remember you were created to be a critical connection!

 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 lend a hand!