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what is caregiver stress?

Caregiver stress is a specific type of stress that you may experience while you are caring for a person or loved one, in any capacity, and it refers to the emotional and physical toll that caring for another takes on yourself. Caregivers often have high levels of stress because of the need to be to be “on call” daily most of the day, with little time left over for themselves, their work, family or friends.

Other unique issues associated with caregivers including being overwhelmed from focusing on another person’s health and wellbeing, temporary abandonment of your own goals, and grief and loss reactions associated with the one you are caring for. However, caregiving can also be very rewarding and feel good to care for a loved one. Overall, you need to take care of yourself so you can care for someone else.

You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, or grief regarding your loved one, but the loss hasn’t happened yet. You may have a weakened immune system, or other medical problems due to the stress of caregiving. Caregiver stress is often experienced when caring for someone with a chronic illness or disability, regardless if that illness or disability is terminal or not. It is very natural to grieve whatever loss may happen in the future, but hasn’t happened yet.

With chronic illnesses, there are also changes that occur in a person’s abilities. You may be living with someone who has cancer, who is so tired from the chemo treatments that he/she cannot do the daily tasks they are used to doing. Or perhaps a parent who has dementia or Alzheimer’s, who may not remember your face day-to-day, and the pain that causes you to be forgotten by your mother or father. The stress and loss that caregivers experience may not be the loss of the actual person itself, but the loss of your independence, your control, the future as you once imagined it, loss of financial security, loss of freedom, extra time, or sleep, and/or loss of the relationship as it was in the past.

It may be hard to acknowledge the stress a caregiver experiences in comparison with the grief of the loved one, however ignoring your own emotions and struggles can lead to unprocessed grief which will impact you in the future. As a caregiver, you are grieving the entire process of the chronic illness, not just the future death of your loved one. Your grief may be prolonged, wearing on yourself, and likely more intense or painful than others.

Do any of these signs of caregiver stress describe you?

  • You feel overwhelmed

  • You feel alone, isolated, or deserted by others

  • You are sleeping too much or too little

  • You are gaining or losing a lot of weight

  • You are tired most of the time

  • You have trouble concentraing

  • You often have headaches or bodyaches

  • You become easily irritated or angry

  • You feel increasingly resentful

  • You have lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy

  •  You often feel sad or worried

  • You start to abuse alcohol or drugs to help numb the pain

  • You neglect your other responsibilities

  • You have trouble relaxing, even when help is available

While the majority of caregivers are women, men are starting to provide caregiving services more and more. Up to 1/3 of Americans provide unpaid care to a loved one during an injury or illness, and over 50% of these caregivers have a job in addition to caregiving. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we can you offer you support through your caregiving process, both during your experience and even after the loss. We work with you to help you take care of yourself, so that you may continue to find joy in your caregiving. We provide Support for Caregivers.

caregiver stress facts:

Did you know that:

  • 2/3 of working caregivers caring for someone aged 65+ have to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours, or take unpaid leave to meet their caregiving responsibilities. 

  • Female caregivers are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and other symptoms associated with emotional stress due to caregiving. 

  • 20% to 50% of caregivers report depressive disorders or symptoms. 

  • Over 40% of caregivers have been providing assistance for 5 or more years, and nearly 1/5 have been doing so for 10+ years. 

  • Long-distance caregivers spend an average of $392 per month on travel and out-of-pocket expenses as part of their caregiving duties. 

  • Approximately 1/3 of caregivers provide intensive care although they are themselves in "fair to poor" physical health. 

  • Spousal caregivers aged 66 to 96 who experience caregiving-related stress have a 63% higher mortality rate than non-caregivers in the same age. 

  • 48% of caregivers are between the ages of 18-49. 34% of caregivers are ages 65 or older.

Caregiving takes both a physical and emotional toll on caregivers, and untreated stress can lead to even more physical and emotional health problems.

caregiver stress treatment with catalyss counseling

Treatment for caregiver stress requires a specific knowledge of the unique issues facing caregivers. As you experience increased amounts of stress due to the nature of caregiving, you may need to reach out for additional support for your stress, depression, anxiety, or grief reactions. Our therapists will work with you to provide some immediate relief to your stress, and come up with a plan that is sustainable in the future for you to take care of yourself so you can continue to be a supportive caregiver.

Catalyss Counseling specializes in the treatment of caregiver stress. We will listen to your concerns, empathize with your situation, and come up with realistic solutions to help you manage your stress, depression, anxiety and grief. We will focus on the unique strengths that you as a person bring to the table, and use those strengths to help you move forward with your life. We will help you create a sense of meaning in your caregiving and find yourself as a person again.

how therapy works

Treatment for caregiver stress at Catalyss Counseling will provide you with Support for Caregivers. All of our therapists have specialized training and experience in treating caregiver stress and associated grief, and we know that therapy and lasting change takes time and commitment. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat caregiver stress, contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation, or you can book directly online with the therapist of your choice.