Depression in caregivers is very common. The complex role of many caregivers comes with several responsibilities that could create stress to them. They may have to give up their jobs, may experience social isolation, and have trouble coping with the diagnosis or experience psychological problems themselves. Their time to relax and time for their interests have decreased or lost. No matter how caregivers love their job or care for the people they look after, it is still possible that you experience low moods.
Low moods often develop into depression. Depression can be caused by many reasons. It could be a result of life situation, like stress or disease. Most of the times, depression is caused by uncontrollable stress. To get the clearer picture, let me give you an example. Anyone who is going through an unpleasant event, in which they think their efforts will not affect the result, can definitely stress you out. Caregivers are the ones most affected by situation like this. Caregiver depression is associated with the demand of their jobs. In the case of disease, such as Alzheimer’s, a patient may need constant attention from family members for a long period of time, resulting to an intrusion to a caregiver’s life.
You may regard caregiver depression as an extension of low moods that most caregivers experience at some points of their career. Depression has great effects to our lives in so many ways. It is important that you know what the symptoms for caregiver depression in order to get immediate attention before the condition worsen and lead to more interference in caregiver’s life or life-threatening situation. Here are the symptoms of caregiver depression:
* Feeling of intense sadness, anxiety, insensibility, guilt or a combination of all of them
* Recurring negative thoughts
* Inability to focus
* Loss of interest in people and the things around you
* Constant mood swings
* Experiencing thoughts of causing harm to yourself or to others
* Chronic fatigue
* Loss of interest in appearance
* Tend to get very agitated
* Loss of interest you once loved and enjoyed
* Experiencing changes of your sleep pattern
* Loss of appetite
* Gain or loss of weight
Because caregiver depression is associated with uncontrollable stress and is common that means you are not the only one suffering from this condition. And since, most types of depression is treatable, you have a great chance of regaining control of your life. So, don’t waste your life over anything and don’t let depression get into you. There are other people who need your care and attention, which is reason enough for you to get on your feet and overcome depression.
If you feel that no matter how you care about your patient and your efforts do not pay off in making your patients get better, and you feel sad, guilty, disappointed, or helpless, it only means one thing – you are under uncontrollable stress. It is what you call caregiver depression and it should be taken care of immediately in order for you to continue the job you love and enjoy doing. How can you offer and provide care if you, yourself, have an issue to resolve to. Not everything that happens within the scope of your job is your responsibility. I can’t stress this out as too much for you. A doctor who knows about depression is the one who can really help you with your problem in addition to your willingness to recover.