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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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
 

When your loved one is sick, their needs come first. You drop everything to try and find ways to keep them comfortable and safe. You want them to receive the best care possible and search for treatments and cures that will give you more time together or work to make your time together as “normal” as possible. Over time you may come to realize that things may never be normal again. The gift of caregiving can be complicated because it requires you to put your needs on hold. I can offer you support

— Claire Solu-Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chatham, NJ

When your loved one is sick, their needs come first. You drop everything to try and find ways to keep them comfortable and safe. You want them to receive the best care possible and search for treatments and cures that will give you more time together or work to make your time together as “normal” as possible. Over time you may come to realize that things may never be normal again. The gift of caregiving can be complicated because it requires you to put your needs on hold. I can offer you support

— Claire Solu-Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chatham, NJ
 

Through my experience working with the geriatric community, I came to specialize in issues related to Alzheimer's Disease and memory issues. Caregiver stress, sundowners syndrome, agitation and anxiety surrounding the illness are all issues I have become familiar with.

— Lauren Riddles, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

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

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
 

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

I know how hard it is to be a caregiver. I have been there. I understand. Sometimes you feel out of control because nothing you do seems like it's helping. Sometimes you feel like you need a break and there is no one around to help. And sometimes you feel like you have to minimize your own feelings and pains because you feel guilty since you are not the one with the chronic illness. I want you to know that you matter and I will support you through this difficult time.

— Elizabeth Cowell, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I know how hard it is to be a caregiver. I have been there. I understand. Sometimes you feel out of control because nothing you do seems like it's helping. Sometimes you feel like you need a break and there is no one around to help. And sometimes you feel like you have to minimize your own feelings and pains because you feel guilty since you are not the one with the chronic illness. I want you to know that you matter and I will support you through this difficult time.

— Elizabeth Cowell, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA