10 Symptoms of Caregiver Stress: Act Now Foundation
- DENIAL about the disease and its effects on the person who’s been diagnosed. “I know Mom is going to get better”.
- ANGER at the person with Alzheimer’s or others, anger that no cure exists or that people don’t understand what’s happening. “If he asks me that one more time I’ll scream”.
- SOCIAL WITHDRAWL from friends and activities that once brought pleasure. “I don’t care about getting together with the neighbors anymore”.
- ANXIETY about facing another day and about the future. “What happens when he needs more than I can provide?”
- DEPRESSION that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope. “I don’t care anymore.”
- EXHAUSTION that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks. “I’m too tired for this.”
- SLEEPLESSNESS caused by a never ending list of concerns. “What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?”
- IRRITABILITY that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions. “Leave me along.”
- LACK OF CONCENTRATION that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks. “I was so busy. I forgot we had an appointment.”
- HEALTH PROBLEMS that begin to take a mental and physical toll. “I can’t remember the last time I felt good.”
If you experience any of these signs of stress on a regular basis, make time to talk to your doctor.
Disclaimer: this information was taken directly from the pamphlet from Act Now Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Awareness. Please relax and deep breath. You all are doing good.