According to a recent caregiving survey conducted by Caring.com, twenty-five percent of respondents stated that they suffer from depression, well above the national figure of 9 percent cited in a 2010 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And, it’s no wonder. So much of what happens in a caregiving situation can make you feel defeated. You can feel like you are lost without options or possibilities. When you feel lost like that, it’s understandable that you would feel despondent, hopeless. Depressed.
Anna and I spoke about reaching out for help if you feel depressed. We spoke about help in the form of counseling and medications. A short-term prescription for an anti-depressant can be a huge help, Anna said.
We also spoke about what can be an obstacle to getting help—our belief that we should be able to manage a situation on our own, that we are weak for needing help. On the contrary, life can, at times, just be too big for us. To face that bigness, we need a boost. And, that’s okay.
What has been your experience with depression during your caregiving role? How did you get help? Please share in our comments section, below.