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.

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Caregiver stress, anxiety, & burnout is real. Caring for a sick or elderly loved one is a 24/7 job, with no sick days and no vacation days. It often requires a crash course in navigating the health care system, dealing with insurance companies, and communicating with doctors to effectively advocate for your loved one. I have spent countless hours counseling family caregivers who are maxed out, physically and emotionally. I'm here to tell you that you don't need to do this alone.

— Sara Kerai, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC

As a personal caregiver and mental health clinician I have a personal and professional understanding about the challenges of family caregiving. Most family caregivers lack the support necessary to thrive in their caregiving role. Many caregivers report being completely unprepared for their new responsibility which can lead to mental and physical health issues for the caregiver. I teach coping and self care tools as well validate your unique experiences.

— Nichole Prince, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

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 Woodinville, WA

Whether it's your child, spouse, or other loved one, taking care of someone with chronic pain, illness, and/or disability can put an enormous strain your physical and mental health. I can offer insight into your loved one's experiences and provide guidance on how to improve his/her quality of life as well as yours. You have been the pillar of support for so long. If you will allow it, I will help share your burden.

— Meg Hrivnak, Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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

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

I have experience from my own life, as well as from assisting many clients through the stressors of caring for family members who are aging, ill, have dementia, or are in assisted living situations. I understand the unique pressures, conflicted feelings and overwhelmingness that can accompany these situations.

— Jill Christenson, Counselor in ,

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

— Elia FABIAN, Counselor in Berwyn, IL