October 10th was World Mental Health Day. A time to raise awareness of depression and mental health around the world and to mobilize support. At Family Caregivers Network we work with families to help identify signs of caregiver “burnout/depression” and to provide needed help before their own health is compromised. A few signs of caregiver depression are; Change in eating and sleep patterns, feeling constantly tired, loss of interest in other activities, easily agitated, and increased health issues such as digestive disorders, headaches, or chronic pain. Early intervention helps lessen symptoms. At Family Caregivers Network we offer “free” Caregiver Support Groups where you can talk freely about the challenges and emotions of caregiving. Our support groups help you see that your situation is not intolerable. By attending a support group, you will find others who understand and are also struggling just like you. Professional advice on resources is available. Go to Support Group Page for more information.
Gerry Fioriglio RN, CDP