Signs of Caregiver Stress


Denial About the disease and its effect I know that Mom is going to get better.
Anger At the person with the disease or others If he asks me that question one more time, I will scream!
Social Withdrawl From friends and family that once brought pleasure I don’t care about getting together with the neighbors anymore.
Anxiety About facing another day and what the future holds What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?
Depression Begins to break the spirit and affects the ability to cope I don’t care anymore.
Exhaustion Makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks I’m too tired to do anything.
Irritability Leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and reactions Leave me alone!
Sleeplessness Caused by never-ending list of concerns What if she wanders out of the house, falls, and hurts herself?
Lack of Concentration Makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks I was so busy, I forgot we had an appointment.
Health Problems Begin to take their toll both mentally and physically I can’t remember the last time that I felt good.


The “Caregiver’s Bill of Rights” helps identify some of the common and “normal” emotions caregivers may experience.

It is all right to:

  • Be angry.
  • Turn this energy into positive action. Clean closets, take a walk, or talk with someone.
  • Be frustrated.
  • Stop the present activity, take a deep breath and begin a different activity.
  • Need time alone.
  • A favorite chair in a quiet room, a trip to the store or out with friends.
  • Need and ask for help.
  • Explore family, friends, and local agencies for services needed. Most doctor’s offices and clergy can make referrals.
  • Trust your judgment.
  • Relax. You are doing the best you can.
  • Recognize your limits.
  • You are a valuable person. Take care of yourself, too!
  • Make mistakes.
  • So, who’s perfect! This is how we learn.
  • Grieve.
  • This is a normal response to loss. You may be sad over the loss of the ways things used to be.
  • Laugh and Love.
  • It can seem out of place, but your capacity to feel is not gone and can occur unexpectedly.
  • Hope.
  • Tomorrow, the day may go smoother, a friend may call, a cure may be found.

Source: American Health Assistance Foundation

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