According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 1.5% of the adult population in America suffers from depression. Compare that with the 46-59% of adult caregivers that identify as clinically depressed and you can see that depression among caregivers is a big deal.
Depression is a complex issue. No one really knows what causes depression among adults. We know it’s a combination of both physical, environmental and situational factors, but the exact mix is undetermined. But one thing we do know is that caregivers are at a much greater risk for developing the symptoms of depression than the general population.
Complicating things further, many people don’t know how to recognize depression in themselves, and so they don’t address the problem before it becomes too big to deal with.
Somes signs of depression in adults are:
The methods used to treat depression are many. In some cases, a counselor or therapist might recommend that you go on antidepressants. These powerful medications can truly help with depression, but they often come with a host of side effects. It’s best to try to treat depression using more “natural” methods such as thought or behavior modifications before pulling out the “big guns” of powerful antidepressants.
That National Institute of Mental Health suggests several methods for coping with and arresting depression before it becomes crippling.
Are you beginning to feel the symptoms of depression after being a primary caregiver? Turn to the professionals at Affinity Hospice Care. We are experienced in caring for the caregivers as well as our patients. We’re here to help. All you have to do is ask.