Do caregivers get depression?

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Yes. While most caregivers experience depression for short periods, major depression includes feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration that interfere with everyday life for an extended time and requires a doctor’s supervision. According to the Caregiver Action Network, a caregiver suffering from major depression typically experiences a combination of five or more of the following for at least a 2-week period:

  • Depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in most daily activities
  • Significant change in weight or change in appetite
  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Feeling tired and a lack of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt
  • Feelings of low self-esteem
  • Sudden outbreaks of anger
  • Difficulty in thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
If you feel any of these symptoms, speak with your family, physician, or mental health professional right away.

 

Last updated on May 05, 2017