Help for Caregivers
Taking care of others can be very taxing job. You probably “fell into the role”, or perhaps volunteered with the best of intentions. But even when we really care about someone, and want to help them, it can become overwhelming. A caregiver might be needed if a persona has chronic medical issues, is elderly and unable to care for themselves like they used to, has a physical or emotional disability, has a mental health disorder, or a substance abuse disorder. Or perhaps you are a single parent. Regardless of the situation you will likely experience what is known as caregiver fatigue or commonly referred to as compassion fatigue.
7 Signs and symptoms of caregiver fatigue:
- Feelings of resentment toward your loved one
- Experiencing fatigued or excessive tiredness
- Being emotionally drained
- Losing your empathy for others, particularly your loved one
- Increasing your alcohol intake
- Avoiding situations involving your loved one
- Blaming other for your caregiver role
If you or someone you know is a caregiver and can relate to any of the above signs or symptoms, you should contact a mental health professional.
Our therapists are licensed, trained and experienced in dealing with caregivers who experience fatigue. Taking care of other is a noble task, but can be very difficulty and often lonely. Give us a call or email us today to make an appointment. You don’t have to go through caregiver fatigue alone.