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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 “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 by 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.

Could You be Dealing with Caregiver Stress?

You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, or grief regarding your loved one, even if 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.

Chronic Illness Takes a Toll, Even on Caregivers

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?

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Seemingly alone, isolated, or deserted by others

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight

  • Exhausted, or tired most of the time

  • Having trouble concentrating

  • Frequent headaches or body aches

  • Easily irritated or angry

  • Feeling increasingly resentful

  • Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy

  • Often feeling sad or worried

  • Starting to abuse alcohol or drugs to help numb the pain

  • Neglecting your other responsibilities

  • Having 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. At the same time, over 50% of these caregivers have a job in addition to caregiving. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we can offer you support through your caregiving process, both during your caregiving experience and even after 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. Eventually, untreated stress can lead to even more physical and emotional health problems. The truth is, even caregivers needing caring for. 

couples counseling and marriage therapy 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 online counseling can help couples

It's hard getting your schedules to coordinate and to set aside time to come into the office for traditional in-person couples therapy. Catalyss Counseling also offers online counseling for couples. Maybe you have children at home and jobs that you cannot get away from, and you need the convenience and flexibility of doing therapy virtually. We offer a secure video platform for online counseling that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Our counselors are specially trained in offering online treatment for couples.

Begin Therapy for couples in Englewood, CO

Treatment for couples at our Denver area therapy clinic will provide you with Fulfillment in Your Relationship. Our specialized couples therapist Christine Robertson has training and experience in treating couples, and we know that therapy and lasting change takes time and commitment. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we provide couples counseling, follow these simple steps:

  1. Contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation

  2. Or, you can book directly online with the Christine Robertson

  3. Move towards a happier, deeper, and more meaningful relationship with your partner

Other Therapy Services Available at Catalyss Counseling

You are one person in your partnership, but also a unique person who needs support in other areas of your life. That's why we want to make sure you know we are here for your counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide therapy for anxiety, depression counseling, therapy for grief and loss, and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. For therapists, we can also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.

Catalyss Counseling welcomes diversity including all body sizes, abilities, races, sexualities, genders, religions and political values.

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