I can’t seem to get motivated in the mornings anymore.
There’s nothing that interests me about my day.
Everything is boring or frustrating and it seems like nothing good happens.
I resent having to care for my aging relative.
I never feel like socializing with my friends or family members.
I never have time for myself because of my caregiving duties.
I can only feel good about myself and relax after a few drinks.
Life doesn’t seem to hold any meaning lately.
If you can relate to any of these statements, you may be suffering from depression. Chronic depression is a serious mental health disorder that can have a great impact on a person’s life. Family caregivers are especially likely to develop depression because of their high-demand and stressful responsibilities of caring for an elderly relative.
Many are reluctant to ask for help from friends, family members, and home care providers to help care for their elderly relative. Therefore, family caregivers may not recognize the symptoms of depression in themselves so they go untreated.
Symptoms of Depression in Family Caregivers.
Clinical depression can completely consume your daily life and lasts longer than a few days. Many of the symptoms of depression begin gradually and build up. Some of the more common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling lonely or sad for more days than not.
- Low energy and listlessness.
- Mood swings, from irritability and anger to emotional and weeping.
- Insomnia or sleeping too much.
- Low appetite and weight loss or compulsive eating and weight gain.
- Lack of focus and poor attention span.
- Feelings of hopelessness.
- No longer interested in socializing.
- Overwhelming feelings of guilt.
- Persistent thoughts of suicide.
If you’ve experienced more than one of these symptoms for longer than a few weeks, you could very well have developed depression and should seek out help from your doctor. As you are working through your depression treatment, it can be helpful to join a support group and get as much help as you can from family members, friends, and home care providers in caring for your elderly relative.
Treatment for Depression.
When it comes to treatment, the most effective methods include antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. Several types of antidepressant medications exist, so your doctor will work with you to find the one that works best for you. It may take some trial and error to do this, so you’ll need to be patient so you can reach the desired outcome.
A therapist that is trained to deal with depression can guide you through the issues that are contributing to the mental health issue you face. Together, you can work on approaches to dealing with the depression so that you can achieve more balance. Of course, adding lifestyle changes like exercise, a healthy diet, good sleep, and support from family, friends, and home care providers helps immensely.
It’s dangerous to ignore depression, and as a family caregiver you need to be at your best so that you can provide the best care for your aging relative. With a proper treatment plan for depression, plus the support of friends, family, and home care services, you can return to the healthy and happy life you deserve.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional caregiver services in Vestavia Hills, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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