Perhaps more than any other disease, Alzheimer’s disease puts huge demands on the caregiver. If you care about a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, you spend a considerable part of your time and your energy on the sick.
If you are a woman, then it is harder for your carer to be, that you are probably in the period (during or after menopause), when you should mainly take care of your own health.
As a carer, you often experience stress, sometimes so strong that it endangers your physical and mental health. Unfortunately, it is very often that carers do not spend enough time and attention on their own, or even do not know where to go for help. For this reason, caregiver of Alzheimer’s disease is called the “hidden” or “second” victim of the disease.
10 symptoms of stress of the carer
Excessive stress can be dangerous for both the caregiver and the patient. If you experience the following feelings more often or regularly, they could later lead to greater health problems. Learn to recognize stress symptoms. If you take care of yourself, your care for the patient will be much better.
- The denial that the diagnosis of the illness was correct: “I know my mum will surely heal.”
- The anguish of the patient and others that there is no effective treatment yet and that the environment does not understand what it is. “If she asks me once more, I’ll start screaming!” z
- Separation from friends and not paying attention to popular activities. “I do not care; my neighbours do not need to see.”
- Fear of what comes next day and how to handle it all further. “What if he needs more care than I can give him?”
- Depression to prevent you from managing your care. “I cannot go any further, it’s worthless.”
- Exhaustion preventing you from managing everything you need. “I’m too tired to open this link and play my favourite games.”
- Insomnia caused by a lot of worries. “What if he comes out of the house, falls and wounds?”
- Fatigue leading to moodiness and unpleasant responses or reactions. “Leave me alone!”
- Inability to concentrate on causing difficulties in coping with routine activities. “I was so busy forgetting our meeting.”
- Physical and psychological health problems. “I do not remember the last time I felt good.”