Warning Signs of Stress
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Stress alone can lead to a compromised immune system and serious health problems if it is not addressed. As stress increases, the body will send out warning signs that it can no longer handle it and the caregiver can become burned out and unable to assist their loved one. Warning signs might be expressed physically (sleep problems, tension headaches, weight gain or loss), emotionally (anger, mood swings), or behaviorally (using alcohol or drugs, withdrawing from relationships).
The Alzheimer Society of Canada offers tips on how to manage stress at Alzheimer.ca.
The following may be signs of too much stress:
- Feeling like you have to do it all yourself and that you should be doing more
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and activities that you used to enjoy
- Worrying whether the person you care for is safe
- Feeling anxious about money and healthcare decisions
- Denying the impact of the disease and its effects on your family
- Feeling grief or sadness that your relationship with the person isn't what it used to be
- Getting frustrated and angry when the person with dementia continually repeats things and doesn't seem to listen
- Developing health problems that take a toll on you mentally and physically
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