Caregivers, are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
Fear and anxiety
Feelings of isolation
Changes in how well you sleep or how much you eat
Crying spells that catch you off guard
Increased heart rate
Inability to stop thinking about traumatic events
I know you’re looking at this list and saying, “Of course, I’ve experienced some of these feelings during, and after, caregiving – some days I experience them all at the same time!” It’s understandable that you may have a wide range of feelings and emotions while you’re caring for a loved one, or after the loved one you were caring for has died. These feelings will vary, depending on the intensity of your caregiving experience: the closeness of your relationship with the person you are caring for; whether you are the primary caregiver and have assistance or support; the severity and length of your loved one’s illness.
But it might interest you to know that while the symptoms listed above fit caregivers to a tee, they were not found in articles about the stress of Caregiving. They are all from articles about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).