Family Caregiving Stress

Providing ongoing care to a family member with chronic or disabling conditions can be incredibly difficult. Family caregiver stress occurs when a caregiver becomes so focused on the needs of their loved one (in this case a family member) that they aren't aware of their own well-being. Symptoms of caregiver stress include irregular sleep patterns, fluctuations in weight, and feeling overwhelmed, tired, irritable or constantly worried. To manage family caregiving stress, it can help to seek support from others that are in a similar situation (e.g. a support group), or work with a professional to practice self-care, set realistic goals, set boundaries, and learn to accept help. If you are experiencing the stress of caring for a family member, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s specialists today.

Meet the specialists

At this time, managing family stress and relational conflict has been hard on everyone. I can help support you and identify key strategies to feel more authentic and self-accepting as you care for others and manage family conflict.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA
 

In addition to personal experience as a caregiver, I have worked with family caregivers who provide care for older adults for nearly 30 years. Caregiving is a tremendous challenge, so I offer free caregiver workshops to provide support and resources. Past clients include caregivers for older adults living with dementia, intellectual and physical disabilities, and life-limiting illnesses.

— Pamela Kuras, Counselor in Benson, NC

How can families not be stressed at this time! We can't change the world but we can lessen the chaos of our day to day living. If you are a parent and within a unit shifts can occur that keep you feeling safe and allow you to provide the feelings of safety for others which in turn brings an underlying calm.

— Liz Walker, Therapist
 

Thanks in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, many individuals have been thrust into a caregiver role. Be it for a family member, chosen family member, roommate, coworker, friend, etc. many of us are providing care to others without preparation. It is my goal to help my clients manage increased anxiety and coping with this added responsibility.

— Sarah Dubicki, Clinical Social Worker in Troy, MI

I work closely with parents to help teach them the skills necessary to practice self-care and support family members at home.

— Elia Fabian, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berwyn, IL
 

Alzheimer's and chronic illnesses affect everyone in the family. Caregiver mental health is just as important as the health of the person with the illness. I have extensive experience working with both types of family members.

— Julie Kenworth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Throughout my career and research on caregiving stress, it has become apparent that there are many giving people in the world. The problem is many givers tend to be terrible receivers. So many spend their lives taking care of others, leaving themselves feeling tired, depressed, anxious, or even overwhelmed. I have developed tools to help caregivers bring balance back to their lives to help manage the stress of caring for others.

— Crystal Deichert, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Aurora, CO
 

How can families not be stressed at this time! We can't change the world but we can lessen the chaos of our day to day living. If you are a parent and within a unit shifts can occur that keep you feeling safe and allow you to provide the feelings of safety for others which in turn brings an underlying calm.

— Liz Walker, Therapist

From caring for children to caring for parents and/or grandparents, I understand the immense amount of stress and demands that are put upon family caregivers. It can also be incredibly isolating. I provide therapy for family caregivers to help them cope with the challenging day to day and long term decisions and obligations that they face.

— Jilleen Jarrett, Psychotherapist in Granite Bay, CA
 

In addition to personal experience as a caregiver, I have worked with family caregivers who provide care for older adults for nearly 30 years. Caregiving is a tremendous challenge, so I offer free caregiver workshops to provide support and resources. Past clients include caregivers for older adults living with dementia, intellectual and physical disabilities, and life-limiting illnesses.

— Pamela Kuras, Counselor in Benson, NC

Parenting toddlers and preschoolers can be anxiety-producing for many moms. Do you struggle with feelings of worry, fear or dread? Do you feel guilty in your role as mother? Are you concerned that you’re not able to give your young child the attention they crave? Do you anger easily or feel sad much of the day? Are you and your partner arguing and having trouble "getting on the same page" with regard to parenting? I can help!

— Kathy McGuigan, Clinical Social Worker in Franklin, MA
 

Often care giving for a loved one falls on one person. It is my hope to provide support to you as you manage and balance this. I have experience aiding those whose loves ones have chronic medical concerns, terminal illness, or mental health diagnoses.

— Monica Cagayat, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bothell, WA