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What are the symptoms of caregiver burnout?

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Taking care of someone long term can lead to burnout. It can lead to symptoms similar to stress and depression, including:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Feeling blue, irritable, hopeless, and helpless
  • Changes in appetite, weight, or both
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Getting sick more often
  • Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring
  • Emotional and physical exhaustion
  • Excessive use of alcohol and/or sleep medications
  • Irritability

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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