Saturday, May 7, 2011

Caregiver Fatigue

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don't get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able -- either physically or financially. Caregivers who are "burned out" may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones.

What Are the Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout?

The symptoms of caregiver burnout are similar to the symptoms of stress and depression. They include:

Withdrawal from friends, family, and other loved ones.

Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.

Feeling blue, irritable, hopeless, and helpless.

Changes in appetite, weight, or both.

Changes in sleep patterns.

Getting sick more often.

Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring.

Emotional and physical exhaustion.



  1. Take care, Jen. Just a bit more and you'll be back here.

  2. Sending your our love, dear one. Happy Mother's Day.

  3. WHile I am late to voice my care, know that I keep you in my thoughts Jen! Having gone through this with Papa for 7 long years and Nana for 2 before that, I know the stress and how tired you can feel, without realizing it. Please take care of yourself!

  4. One good advice would be to seek for help when you need it. Enlist friends and family who live near you to run errands, bring a hot meal, or “baby-sit” the care receiver so you can take a well-deserved break.