A good friend recently sent me the Mayo Clinic e-newsletter and it's loaded with great information. I pulled the article below to give you a flavor for the depth of one of their topics. Depression as a caregiver is a near and dear topic for our family.
As I've written before, my relationship with the Friendship Centers started with the Caregiver Resource Center. My Dad, then 89 and I started attending the Thursday caregiver support group sessions for families dealing with Alzheimer's. The challenge was my mother and we just didn't know where to go for help.
This particular article really hit home. Had we not discovered the CRC, Dad and I, along with other family members, would have started showing many of the symptoms talked about in the article.
Due to the Mayo Clinic's policies on reprints online, I can only share the first part of the article, but just click on "read more" and the article should pop right up on your screen.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Caregiving is often physically and emotionally stressful. In an effort to provide the best care possible, you might put your loved one's needs before your own. In turn, you could develop feelings of sadness, anger and loneliness. Sometimes, these emotions can trigger caregiver depression.
What are the symptoms of caregiver depression?