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What are some reasons for caregiver burnout?

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Taking care of someone long term can lead to burnout and leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or depressed. Burnout can happen because of:

  • Unrealistic expectations about how much difference a caregiver can make, especially with people who have conditions like Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
  • Lack of control, including not enough money, skills, or time to take care of a loved one.
  • Unreasonable loads of responsibility to take care of someone.
  • Not recognizing your own burnout, which makes caregiving all the more difficult.

From: Recognizing Caregiver Burnout WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

SOURCE: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

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