Depression or Stress for Caregiver in Concord NC? What Are You Coping with?

You agreed that you would be your mother’s primary caregiver when she suffered that stroke last year.  You knew that it would be tough at times, but you didn’t know just how tough.  Now, a year later, and you’ve been dealing with so much caregiver stress that you now longer know whether it’s the stress that’s getting to you emotionally, or if you’re depressed.

Depression is often the side effect of enduring and persistent stress.  You could normally be the most happy, carefree individual in the world, but lately you’re not finding much joy in anything.  As a matter of fact, all you seem to be doing is running back and forth between your work, your home, and your mother’s house to check on her, make sure that she has everything she needs, to cook for her, clean, help her in and out of the shower, and so on.  You have no time for the things that you used to enjoy in life.

When was the last time that you spent time out with your friends, or did something with your own family, such as your husband or children?  Maybe you can’t remember when that was.  Maybe it was last week, but it feels like months ago.  So are you dealing with caregiver stress, or is it something more serious, like depression?  Either one is actually quite serious, because even though you might not think it, or notice anything different, they will affect the quality of care that you mother is receiving from you.

The last thing that you want to do is put your mother’s health in jeopardy, so you want to know what you’re dealing with, and what you can do about it.

Depression will generally be a feeling as though you have no hope, that nothing you do makes a difference, and you will tend to withdraw from the people around you.  When friends invite you out and even if you have the time, you might turn them down, telling them maybe  ‘next time.’

When you’re stressed, you’re worried about things that could go wrong.  You’re wondering what you can do, or if you forgot something. When someone invites you out, you turn him or her down because you simply don’t have the time.

If you’re not sure whether you’re dealing with caregiver stress or depression, it’s important to seek professional help, such as a counselor.  If you’re dealing with either of these, then you should seriously consider hiring a professional caregiver.  Your mother and you would both benefit from it, and you both deserve it.

If you or someone you know needs help caregiving services in Concord NC, contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare. We provide quality and affordable senior care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

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Charlotte, Gastonia, Waxhaw, Matthews, Huntersville, Concord, Ballantyne, Mint Hill, Weddington, Pineville, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union

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About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.