Family Caregivers in Charlotte NC: That Anxiety You Feel as a Caregiver Could Lead to PTSD
Feeling anxious can pose certain challenges for just about anyone, regardless of age, job, or physical or emotional strength. For a family caregiver, anxiety can lead to a number of emotional issues, potentially including PTSD.
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a very serious condition that can impact individuals who have undergone a traumatic experience or have endured anxiety for a significant length of time. Anxiety is generally considered a more intense form of stress. Stress is the result of some perceived threat to the individual, whether it is a potential physical threat, financial, emotional, or something else.
Every situation is different, just as every person is different, so just because somebody might not be prone to PTSD or other emotional issues, that doesn’t mean other people will also be safe from similar circumstances.
How a family caregiver may feel anxiety.
A family caregiver is usually taking care of an elderly loved one, such as a mother or father, when their own physical capabilities have diminished or they recently suffered a medical emergency. If that family member lives close enough to their loved one so that it makes sense to stop by and assist them with whatever help they need, it seems like a reasonable solution.
However, that family member is likely going to be worried about their loved one’s safety, their ability to get around, health, and much more. If they feel as though nothing is improving over the weeks or months that they are providing care and support for that senior, it can lead to constant stress and eventually anxiety. This prolonged anxiety, worrying late at night, being unable to sleep, and even having difficulty focusing at work has the potential to develop into something more serious, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
If the family caregiver encountered a problematic experience while providing care for their loved one, such as finding their mother or father on the floor unresponsive when they arrived, that stress, anxiety, and fear can all lead to potential stress disorders, including PTSD.
June is PTSD Awareness Month and any person supporting a loved one, providing care and support for them within the comfort of their own home, needs to be aware of post-traumatic stress disorder. Prolonged anxiety, emotional trauma, and other factors can lead to this serious emotional issue.
Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety as a result of their work as a family caregiver should consult their primary medical professional, a counselor, and consider the value of relying on home care support to at least help out.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Charlotte, NC please contact the caring staff at BlueDot Cares. 704-586-9248
Kevin’s passion to inspire independence has helped over 40,000 local families regain independence in the home.It was through helping these families that Kevin identified a gaping hole in the health care sector.People want to recover and age at home and current in-home care options make it hard and inefficient to do so.Families have to piece together providers for the needs of their loved ones.
Kevin founded BlueDot Cares to fix this challenge for families.BlueDot’s family of companies provides a synergy of care allowing loved ones to recover or age where they want to – at home.Families can feel comfort that their loved ones not only have the most supportive and best caregivers; but also, they will have the equipment they need to remain safe at home.
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