Do you get a tightness or heaviness in your chest sometimes? There are a bunch of reasons you might feel this way. You may have a cold, or it could be something more serious. Talk to your doctor to find out what's going on. He'll want to know if you have other symptoms that can help pinpoint your condition.
Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring
Emotional and physical exhaustion
What Causes It?
Caregivers often are so busy caring for others that they neglect their own emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The demands on their body, mind, and emotions can easily seem overwhelming. That can lead to fatigue and hopelessness -- and, ultimately, burnout.
Other things that can lead to caregiver burnout include:
Role confusion: Many people struggle with their role when thrust into the role of caregiver. It can be hard for a person to separate their role as caregiver from their role as spouse, lover, child, friend, etc.
Unrealistic expectations: Many caregivers expect their efforts to have a positive effect on the health and happiness of their loved one. This may not always be realistic.
Lack of control: A lot of people become frustrated by a lack of money, resources, and skills to effectively plan, manage, and organize their loved one's care.
Unreasonable demands: Some place unreasonable burdens on themselves, in part because they see themselves as the only person who can provide care.
Other factors: Many caregivers cannot tell that they are burned out. Eventually, they get to the point where they cannot function well. They may even become sick.