Caregiver stress is the emotional and physical strain of caregiving. It can take many forms. For instance, you may feel:
- Frustrated and angry taking care of someone with dementia who often wanders away or becomes easily upset
- Guilty because you think that you should be able to provide better care, despite all the other things that you have to do
- Lonely because all the time you spend caregiving has hurt your social life
- Exhausted when you go to bed at night
I believe my stage is "Hitting the Wall." I did learn that needing less activity and more sleep is normal in this stage--no more guilt!
Relationships and PTSD from the Department of Veterans Affairs
Post-Traumatic Stress and a Traumatic Brain Injury strain a marriage from Veterans Voices
So sad and so true.