Studies have shown that strokes affect African-Americans more than any other race. We are already at a disadvantage by being susceptible to these types of illnesses, but how do we cope with caring for our loved ones who have fallen victim to them?
A recent article from Psych Central describes how stroke caregivers are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety and chronic illness stemming from such pressure. Traci Pedersen’s piece highlights the burden on female caretakers specifically showing that they had increased levels of stress as well as a decrease in their quality of sleep.
Financial burdens, patient demands and home confinement are just a few of the hardships placed on a caregiver as they are forced to take care of another while struggling to make time to take care of themselves while they may be actively involved in full-time jobs, raising kids and the like.
“Stroke survivors can suffer significant and lasting disabilities that may require lifelong support from family and other caregivers,” said Karen Saban, PhD, RN, lead author and associate professor.
Read the complete article on Psych Central
Have you ever felt the effects of stress that comes with caring for a loved one or family member? How did you cope with it and how would you advise others?