Depression is rampant among caregivers . It is in face a caregiver crisis.
Loss is the underpinning of depression
loss of your parent
loss of you own free time
loss of your spouse
loss of freedom
What are the triggers to caregiver depression? Unpaid family caregivers are often angry with others not helping out, especially other family members. They can be angry with the care- receiver for interrupting, embarrassing, repetitive behavior
Feeling trapped, can often make caregivers bitter. They feel they have no choice and this is their fate in the family.
Exhaustion can be another trigger for anger and depression in a family caregiver.
They frequently feeling tired because you can’t get enough rest
The Family Caregiver Alliance that almost 60’% of caregivers show signs of clinical depression.
This is why a caregiver assessment and a GDS geriatric depression scale are so important to an aging family caregiver’s mental health and the care receiver’s good care. For younger caregiver’s, metal health supports are crucial care
Family Caregiver Alliance has a host of suggestions for caregivers to deal with depression.