The stress which we undergo while caring for our loved one can be hard, even traumatizing. The caregivers who invest themselves too much can also start to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The stress of caregiving is physical and psychological, and it’s called caregiver stress syndrome. While this state is grave, you should know that there are ways to deal with it and that there are places where you can get all the help needed.
Caregiver Stress Syndrome Symptoms
The PTSD is often regarded as a state that soldiers fall into after coming back from a battlefield. But, recent research has shown that caregivers can experience it too. A caregiver with PTSD may feel angry and burned out from taking care of another. The symptoms of caregiver stress syndrome include:
- Feeling dissatisfied with readabilities of a caregiver
- Starting to drink, smoke, and eat too much
- Putting your needs aside
- Feeling exhausted
- Having problems sleeping
- Weakened immune system
Caregiver stress syndrome can appear even after the death of your loved one. In these circumstances, it appears after the caregiver feels that he or she could have done more for their loved one.
The first thing you need to do immediately after noticing one of the signs is to seek professional help. When you are in the hands of professionals, you can be appropriately diagnosed and receive the right treatment.
The second thing you can and should do is to find a support group. Finding out that you are not alone in all of this can help you, and the other participants will benefit from your support as well. These groups are often led by professionals or people who suffer from the same syndrome. Either way, it is helpful for you.
In the end, it is essential to put yourself first. While caring for others can fulfill you to a certain degree, it can also take a toll.
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