Caregiver, do you feel as though you can see nothing to hope for and no sunrise in your future? Please read on.
Are you depressed?
Look over the following list and ask yourself if you see yourself in these statements:
- Problems sleeping
- Agitation or irritability
- Difficulty making decisions
- Increased crying
- Loss of personal time
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Digestive troubles
- Feeling worthless
- Back pain
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Hopeless for the future
- Problems concentrating
- Increased health problems
- Loss of privacy
- Loss of energy
You are not alone if you are depressed:
Caregiver, these feelings do not make you weird, inept, or valueless. You are not alone in the way you feel as a caregiver.
Here are some important points to remember:
- Caregivers are at risk for depression and anxiety.
- Untreated depression can lead to other physical problems or even suicide.
- Admitting depression and/or anxiety does not mean you are weak or abnormal.
- There is no shame in seeking help.
- Depression can be treated.
- Depression does not mean a lack of faith.
I have heard the phrase that Christians who have to wear glasses are not weak in faith. Therefore, if you need medicine to help you through a rough spot, your faith is not faulty there either. Try going to your doctor. He or she can recommend the best course of action for you. If you are suicidal, or feel as though your might hurt someone, call 911 immediately or go to your local ER.
seek help early on:
Some physicians have stated that depression early in life can contribute to Dementia later in life. Since I am not a physician, I will leave the diagnosis up to them. What I do want you to walk away with is the feeling of empowerment- you can get help, you are not the only one experiencing the myriad of unpleasant feelings in caregiving, and the sun will always come out.
You, caregiver, are special, important, and valued. You have a very meaningful job. Even though you are going through a stressful time at this moment, you will make it through.
What about you?
For additional reading, please click here. In the meantime, let us know some of your tips for handling depression. What can you suggest to other caregivers who are going through this very same thing?