The Importance of Therapy for Caregivers

The number of people aged 65 or older is expected to double in the coming decades in the U.S. All of these older people will at some point most likely face a health crises. From chronic disease to mobility issues, many of the aging population will need help with everyday tasks. A caregiver is needed after a health crisis or aging.

Caregivers tend to be family members, but some people might need professional help. There are over 34 million unpaid caregivers providing support to their elderly loved ones. Many of these loved ones have their own family to support and work outside of the home. In other words, they already have their hands full and now have the extra “burden” of caring for their elderly parent.

What is Caregiver Burnout?

Caregiver burnout happens when a person becomes physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted from the stress of caring for a aging/sick loved one. In other words, these people often feel completely alone, unsupported and unappreciated.

Being so busy raising their own family, working and taking care of others, they often have no time to give to their own needs. Therefore, they don’t take care of themselves and find they often feel depressed, anxious, and have trouble eating and sleeping.

Most caregivers will experience caregiver burnout at some point. If this happens and the person does not find help, they can no longer provide good care to their loved ones.

It’s Important for Caregivers to Seek Help

Beyond showing themselves more kindness, compassion and care, it is important that caregivers seek mental and emotional help. A therapist can help caregivers navigate the overwhelming emotions that come from taking on someone else’s problems.

The truth is, trying to do everything yourself is what got you into the state you find yourself in. Get someone in your corner and share your burden. This will help you breathe, feel better, and get your strength back.

In conclusion, if you are a caregiver experiencing burnout and would like to speak with someone, please reach out to Denver Mental Health Collective.

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