Seniors aren’t the only ones who deal with depression, caregivers are susceptible to it as well. The causes of depression in caregivers are different. Understanding what causes it and how to overcome it can help you through this difficult time in your life.
What Causes Depression in Caregivers
The causes of depression in caregivers are similar to the causes of depression for anyone. There are situational and biological components to depression. When a situation becomes overly stressful, it’s easy for caregivers to start to feel down. This down feeling can quickly turn into isolation, which then just makes the person even more depressed. This leads to not eating well, not enough physical activity, and then aches and pains.
The situation often has to do with feeling guilty over not being able to provide all of the services seniors need. They may have to bring in help from a nurse or relocate their loved one to an assisted living facility. This may make them feel as though they are not living up their loved one’s expectations when this may not even be the case.
In addition, caregivers often have a personal life in conjunction with caring for their senior loved one. When their personal life gets chaotic, they start to feel the pressure and this can make them give up on life. It’s understandable because a person can only take on so much.
The biological components of depression are what makes it even more likely that someone will suffer from clinical depression. Clinical depression is a disorder in which the person is unable to cure on his or her own. Someone with this will have to seek medical help from a physician and/or psychologist. It’s the combination of medications and therapy that help people overcome their depression.
How to Help Your Depression
If you’re a caregiver who is suffering from depression, it’s important to seek medical attention. This way you can find out if you have clinical depression or if you may be feeling depressed. There is a difference and only a medical professional can help you determine what you’re dealing with on a daily basis.
Once you find out what you’re dealing with, you can start to live life in a way that will help you move away from it. It’s important to pay attention your self-talk. Some people’s self-talk can be very damaging. They are negative and quite cruel to themselves. Try to turn your self-talk around so that it is more positive. Praise yourself for the things you do right, and comfort yourself when you make a mistake. Mistakes are just lessons that you learn from so you can live your life better in the future.
Guilt over decisions you’ve made for your senior loved one can affect you greatly. Try to think through your decisions and why you made them. Usually, those decisions were the right things to do, so you don’t have to be hard on yourself.
Many times, depression can be helped with talking. Having someone understand what you are going through can help a great deal. This is why Kendall Van Blarcom offers personal consulting services. Contact him today for more information about personal consulting sessions.