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Why is Being a Caregiver So Hard?

Why is Being a Caregiver So Hard?

Caregivers typically care for loved ones with chronic physical illnesses, disabilities, mental illness, or injuries.

The physical and emotional demands of caregiving make this call very challenging. Caring for another individual asks so much of you. Caregiving requires time, commitment, and flexibility. In addition, witnessing a decline and changes in your loved one’s health can be devastating.

Seniors with dementia may experience various personality and behavior changes, such as mood swings, depression, anger issues, aggression, confusion, and memory loss. In addition, as the condition progresses, they begin struggling with communication and language skills, visual perception, judgment, problem-solving skills, and more.

Being a witness to such changes in a person you have known as strong and reliable your whole life can be heartbreaking.

In addition, everyday stress linked to caregiving may lead to caregiver burnout, causing a state of complete emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion.

If you are too focused on a person’s needs, you may start neglecting your own needs and well-being. If you often experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress, seek mental health support.

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