10 Signs of Caregiver Stress and Depression, When to Get Professional Help

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Jenny is a depressed, stressed out Alzheimer’s caregiver who has tried two different support groups and even formal group therapy.

She has support from a few close friends and some members of her family. She even tried pastoral counseling from her minister. But nothing has helped.

She feels more stressed and more depressed with each passing day. It’s significantly interfering with her daily life activities.

Maybe it’s time for Jenny to see a therapist.

How I Use the Term “Therapist. In this article I use the term “therapist” to denote any one of many types of healthcare professionals who provide individual counseling.

Some Indications You Might Benefit From Seeing a Therapist: There are several situations in which people can benefit from therapy.

Two important ones for Alzheimer’s caregivers are:

  1. When you feel overwhelmed by your stress
  2. When you are seriously depressed

Let’s look at each of these in a little more detail.

Stress: The Alzheimer’s Association lists the following as symptoms of caregiver stress:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Social withdrawal
  4. Anxiety
  5. Depression
  6. Exhaustion
  7. Sleeplessness
  8. Irritability
  9. Lack of concentration
  10. Health problems

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