This morning, on Your Caregiving Journey, Anna Stookey joined me for a discussion about grieving and depression. We discussed this question currently being debated by health care professionals: Should the definition of depression including grieving? You can listen to our show via the player below. (And, the inspiration for our show was this New York Times article, “Grief Could Join List of Disorders.”)
Our conversation about the relationship between grief and depression morphed into a greater discussion about grieving and caregiving. When your caree receives a diagnosis, you both could begin a grieving process. But, how often do you receive information for and care about your grief? (After our show, I attended a Twitter chat about the National Alzheimer’s Action Plan. I read during the chat that less than half of family caregivers and carees receive counseling after a diagnosis. I can’t confirm this stat but thought it important to share with you.)
I’d love to know your thoughts. How has grief been apart of your experience? And, do you feel you’ve received an acknowledgment of your grief from health care professionals? Share your thoughts in our comment section, below.
Program Notes: Anna will join me in April; we’ll talk about how a mindset we create can lead to depression. Our next show airs on Saturday (3/17); Holly, who cares for her husband, will join me for Table Talk. You can listen here.
Reminder: We’re raising money to help BreeAnna! Your donation will help her build a ramp and buy medical supplies. You can read more and donate here.
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- Conversations After the Diagnosis (caregiving.com)
- Who Can Help the Family Caregiver? The Former Family Caregiver (caregiving.com)
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- The Faces of Caregiving (caregiving.com)