Caregiving for a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia is often physically and emotionally stressful. In your effort to provide the best care possible, you might neglect your own well-being. You also may be coping with feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness or guilt. All of these factors can increase the risk of caregiver depression.
The Mayo Clinic article Alzheimer's and Dementia: Caregiver Depression can help you learn how to recognize symptoms of depression, use coping strategies and get appropriate treatment when necessary. Caregivers can take steps to prevent depression – reach out for help and support – keep up your other relationships and stay connected – start a journal where you can express your emotions – take time for yourself so you can relax and have fun – and stay positive and remember you are making a difference in your loved one’s life.
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