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Caring for Others is Stressful

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Caring for Others is Stressful

More than one in five Americans today are caregivers, providing care and support to an adult or child with special needs. That is 21.3 percent of the population caring for someone in some way, somewhere across the nation. And in that population of family caregivers, four in 10 – roughly 38 percent - find their situation extremely stressful. We all experience stress in our lives, but going beyond stress, according to, which has called caregiver depression an all-too silent health crisis, 20 percent of family caregivers suffer from depression. To put that into perspective, that is twice the rate of the general population reporting depressive disorders. 

Anxiety BIG also comes into play for a lot of caregivers. Managing too many responsibilities, feelings of not being in control of the situation, fear for a loved one’s well-being, and financial and healthcare coverage stressors can bring on various states of anxiety in a caregiver. In addition, caregivers spend many more hours a week providing care than a typical profession and report employment problems, health issues, lack of sleep and little time to do the things they enjoy. 

The Caregiver Story  

ADAA is committed to amplifying the voices of diverse people and communities. Depression, anxiety, and other related mental health disorders can affect anyone regardless of background or profession. If you are a caregiver and would like to share your story, ADAA would like to hear from you: Find out how to share your story with ADAA.  

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When Should a Caregiver Seek Care? 

We at ADAA understand that being a caregiver, whether by profession or a desire or duty to care for family and friends, can be extremely rewarding, not to mention admirable.  But it is physically and mentally exhausting and can take a toll on one’s emotional wellbeing. If you are a caregiver, you probably often put others’ needs before your own. Sacrificing your own time, energy and physical and emotional needs can be draining. Most caregivers will feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious and probably even sad at some point, but if those feelings get to a stage where they affect your quality of life and you have difficulty functioning day to day (understanding anxiety & depression), it’s time to seek care for yourself. 

Always consult your doctor or contact a mental health provider if you feel you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of a mental health condition, especially if symptoms persist for two or more consecutive weeks. And remember that you cannot take care of anyone if you don’t take care of yourself first. 

Support for Caregivers 

It’s important to find resources and people that make you feel supported. Below is a list of mental health resources to support the daily experiences of caregivers. 

ADAA's Online Peer-to-Peer Communities

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ADAA offers anonymous English and Spanish language peer-to-peer online anxiety and depression support groups. As a member you can connect with others, contribute to ongoing conversations or start your own conversation with a question or a post about your journey.  

Learn more and join.

ADAA Resources

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Trending Articles:

  1. Caregiver. 2002. Caregiver Depression: A Silent Health Crisis.
  2. Help for Cancer Caregivers. Anxiety. 
  3. Mayo Clinic. Caregiver Depression: Prevention Counts.
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