When Does Caregiving Traumatize?

Denise

When Does Caregiving Traumatize?

Denise
broken-heart.svg.medA few weeks ago, The New York Times published an article with the headline, "For Traumatized Caregivers, Therapy Helps."

The article made me wonder if caregiving is a traumatic experience. So, last week, on our Hot Topics show, our panel of family caregivers discussed my question: Is caregiving a traumatic experience? You can listen to our show via the player, below.

During our show, Richard (@kreisler) spoke about a recent experience which felt traumatic. During his mom's hospitalization, he could not get doctors to listen to him and his knowledge of what would help his mom. Jane (@jbones1961) talked about the trauma rearing its ugly head during those emotionally trying days, like a day that includes an appointment to assess Nicole for a heart/lung transplant. And, @ejourneys shared how traumatic the experience felt when caregiving began because it's so isolating.

We continued our conversation last night during our chat on Twitter. We had a great conversation about what helplessness feels like, what the opposite of helplessness is, and how to keep a feeling of confidence and power during caregiving.

So, I'd love to know what you think. Does caregiving feel traumatic to you? If it does, when? How do you heal from the trauma? Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.


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