Talk with Your Doctor

Caregiver stress is caused by the emotional and physical strain of caregiving.  Caregivers report much higher levels of stress than people who are not caregivers.  Many caregivers are providing help or are “on call” almost all day.  Sometimes, this means there is little time for work or other family members or friends.  Some caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging, sick or disabled family member needs.

Caregiving also has its rewards.  It feels good to be able to care for a loved one.  Spending time together can give new meaning to your relationship.  But remember that you need to take care of yourself to be able to care for your loved one.  Talk with your doctor about how caregiving might be affecting your health, both mentally and physically.

–Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services