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Coping with Depression: Signs You
Might be in Trouble
When caregivers take on the
responsibility of caring for a loved one, we expect our
lives to change. What is unexpected, and often goes
unnoticed, is the forfeiting of our own well-being in
order to become a primary caregiver.
Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer,
“Yes,” to any of them, you need assistance. Support
groups, your loved one’s social worker, your physician,
counseling or therapeutic centers and a number of other
community resources can help you in providing greater
balance between your caregiving responsibilities and
Have you stopped communicating with friends you had
before you became a caregiver?
Do you lack time to participate in activities that make
you feel good?
Is your caregiving role negatively affecting your
Have you failed to have a check-up lately or find you do
not follow the doctor’s recommendation for you own
Does your loved one need, but not have, a monitoring
Has your loved one become abusive towards you?
Have you noticed you are becoming verbally, physically
or emotionally abusive to your loved one?
Are you drinking or taking drugs to cope with stress or
Has your sleeping
pattern changed since becoming a caregiver?
Do you feel you are not getting enough sleep?
Do you refuse to let others assist you, or give your
respite, for fear something will happen if you leave you
loved one in another’s care?