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What is caregiver burnout?

Caregiver burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion and stress resulting when caregivers don’t receive the help they need and/or do more than they are capable of in their caregiving. Some of the symptoms of caregiver burnout include depression, stress, fatigue, anxiety, weight and sleep loss, loss of interest in social activities and becoming physically ill more often.

Causes of caregiver burnout are many. Often caregivers have a difficult time transitioning into the role of caregiver from that of child or spouse, for example. Many caregivers have unrealistic expectations or demands of themselves and others, or feel a general lack of control over their lives.

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