Family Carers provide invaluable support and help to their family, friends and loved ones. At times, caring can bring many positives and rewards. There’s nothing more natural and human than helping our loved ones get the most out of life. There’salso nothing more difficult than focusing on someone else’s needs without neglecting our own. Whether we’re caring around the clock or balancing caring with work and family life, it can be exhausting.
There is no denying that looking after a family member with a Parkinson’s Disease can have a significant impact on carers’ physical and mental health. Mental health problems of carers include emotional stress, depressive symptoms and, in some cases, clinical depression. The mental health needs of carers are often neglected, despite many carers having poor or declining mental health.
Coping with Feelings of Guilt
When we’re looking after someone, it’s important to accept that guilt is normal and that we only feel it because we care. Being able to talk to people who understand what we’re going through and how we feel can help us handle our feelings of guilt better.