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Caregiver Burnout

23 Nov 2017

Caregiver burnout has been defined as “a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude, from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try and do more than they are able physically and financially. Caregivers who are burned out may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression”.

Source: Clevelend Clinic Health System. (2001). Caregiving: Stress Management and Burnout Prevention.

Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout

Emotional and Physical Exhaustion

  • Is it hard to get out of bed and face the day?

  • Are you continuously crying?

  • Do you often feel blue?

  • Are you getting sick more often?

Unhappy and Irritable

  • Are you resentful of your family member or friend?

  • Are you unhappy when you are around them?

Feelings of Loneliness

  • Have you isolated yourself from other friends and family who could help you?

  • Have you lost contact with people you used to count on for encouragement and social activity?

Withdrawal from Family and Friends

  • Do you find that you prefer to be alone?

  • Have you lost interest in social activities that you previously enjoyed?