by Growing Needs | Aug 4, 2023 | Caregivers Journey, Caregiving, Community, Mental Wellness
Depression is a common and serious medical illness that will negatively affect how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and affect your ability to function at work and at home. Fortunately, depression is treatable.
Depression among caregivers is a significant issue that deserves attention and support. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding. With the demands of caregiving, it can lead to increased vulnerability to depression.
Caregivers can experience depression because of the unique challenges and demands they face in their caregiving role.
Some of the common signs of depression that caregivers should look out for:
If you are experiencing these symptoms, please take action and take care of your own well-being.
It does not necessarily mean that experiencing some of these symptoms means you have depression. Caregivers should seek help and support if the symptoms persist. Seeking help is a sign of strength and not weakness. With the right support and treatment, recovery is possible. So Caregivers, remember to take good care of yourselves!
Growing Needs grew out of our own encounters with caring for our aging parents and reflecting on the Growing Needs that we ourselves would face as we advance in years. We hope to build a community that will learn, share and contribute towards caring for the growing needs of our loved ones.