Caregiving, as a duty, commends respect-albeit this responsibility can be physically and emotionally exhausting. As much as this act comes from a place of caring and feelings of satisfaction can be present-caring for your loved one can cause feelings of worry, sadness, fear and grief.
This dual reality of being a primary caregiver to an elderly loved one can be overwhelming, and it is important to act and seek professional counseling.
For the caregiver, symptoms of something deeper may arise. Some of these symptoms are; feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt, persistent fatigue, changes in appetite and/or sleep patterns, lessening feelings of pleasure in ordinary activities, isolating behaviors, excessive crying. Your health is paramount to the health of your loved one. If you experience symptoms that interfere with your daily life, please seek help immediately.