Please continue reading to discover some signs of stress…
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Everyone is a caregiver to some degree.
You may be taking care of your own physical and mental health, or taking care of another person. Regardless of who (or what) you are taking care of, the following test is for you.
Caregiver Stress Test
Caregivers, your job is an important one, although it can be extremely stressful. Stress is a given, so please keep in communication with your physicians and do all that your doctors ask. Additionally, you may consider seeking out a qualified counselor to talk to.
The list, on this page, is written for friends and family members of caregivers. Many caregivers do not associate the stress of caregiving with their psychological and physiological distress. As the friend of a caregiver, please be aware of the signs of stress and help your friend seek medical treatment.
Below is a quick list of some of the warning signs of stress:
- panic attacks
- withdrawal from people and activities the person once enjoyed
- inability to concentrate and accentuated forgetfulness
- onset of accident- proneness
- itchy skin, hives, rash
- inability to get rid of colds and illness
- bad dreams and recurring nightmares
- stomach in knots
- clenched teeth
- tightness in chest, heart palpitations, trouble breathing, or ache in chest (**Please note, that this needs to be examined by a medical doctor in the event that something far worse could be going on.)
- cravings for fatty foods and strong desires to drink or smoke more than normal
- loss of perspective and loss of sense of humor
- anger and resentment
- fear and anxiety
- accentuated hyperactivity
- diarrhea, constipation, or queasiness
- profusely sweating or inability to stay warm
- severe exhaustion that is not alleviated by sleep
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What about you?
We would love to hear from you. Which of these signs do you experience the most? What tips would you give someone who is under extreme stress? Leave your answers in the comment section below.
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