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Impact on Caregivers

By Medha Saraiya

April 15

 

Parents and guardians are informal caregivers. They tend to their child’s every need and continuously advocate for them. This is a full time role that parents, and caregivers take on. Caregiver burnout is real and it’s important to understand its impact.

 

Here are some of the signs of caregiver burnout:

  • Feeling tired often
  • Irritability
  • Feeling numb or developing an uncaring, negative attitude
  • Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Frequent illness, headaches, chronic pain, or other physical symptoms
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite and/or weight

 

Remember, you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others. Next week I will share some tips on how to manage the stress and mitigate burnout. Take care!

 

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