Caring for Caregivers
Joseph Huber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with family, relationship and children's problems.
Providing care for a spouse, family member, or friend with a debilitative injury or degenerative disease can be an arduous task for caregivers. Without getting help for themselves, people charged with the responsibility of care giving become increasingly vulnerable to both physical and mental problems of their own.
Thus, it comes as troubling news that a recent survey shows that one in four caregivers report that they suffer from depression (as compared to 9% of all Americans that are estimated to suffer from depression). The survey also found that one-third of family caregivers spend more than 30 hours per week in that role. Mental health professionals urge caregivers not to overlook their own needs and seek help when they need it.
If you are suffering from depression—whether it’s from your role as a caregiver or for any other reason—you deserve to be healthy again. That’s why you should call our office for an appointment. Our caring counselors provide a safe space and proven techniques for you to help deal with your depression and come into the light again.
P.S. Without help, some caregivers are confronted with a 24/7 task of caring for an infirm loved one, which is unsustainable.