What is Medication Assisted Treatment and Can it Help Me?

An estimated 65.7 million adults are informal caregivers for a family member. That doesn’t count individuals working in professional environments. Most caregivers are women.

Many suffer from stress, anxiety and depression, which increases their risk for pulmonary disease.

Few Seek Help

Many recognize the symptoms of burnout. They know they need mental health help from a professional. but don’t do so. There are multiple reasons for this.

  • Feel guilty for “leaving” their loved one
  • Don’t have anyone reliable to take over their duties for a few hours
  • Feel they’ll be judged by others
  • Shame and stigma of mental health issues

Need for Caregivers is Increasing

The number of aging and elderly is accelerating, increasing the need for caregivers in formal and informal settings. A full 50 percent work full-time jobs, while providing care. As the need for caregivers escalates, so does the incidence of stress, anxiety and depression.

Emotional and Physical Toll

Being a caregiver is physically and emotionally demanding. It can be overwhelming. In many instances they must be available 24/7. It leaves little time for work, socializing with family and friends, or other pleasurable pursuits.

Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress

Caregivers need to understand that they can’t take care of someone else if they don’t care for themselves. Identify resources where help is available, such as hospice, respite or daycare assistance.

It’s also helpful to make a list of ways others could help. That can include providing a meal or sitting with the individual while the caregiver runs errands. Let the helpers choose what they want to do.

Join a Support Group

There’s a wealth of online support groups for caregivers. Some are general in nature, while others are focused on specific illnesses or disabilities. They can often assist with support resources.

Seek Help

It’s critical for caregivers to attend to their own health – physical, emotional and mental. There’s no shame in seeking the services of a mental health professional. They’ll lend an unbiased opinion, can teach coping skills, and can often provide resources for help with day-to-day caregiving.


Southcoast Psychiatric Services

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, relationship problems, or other pressures of life? Don’t suffer in silence. The doctors and therapists of Southcoast Psychiatric Services can help. Caring, compassionate, and completely confidential, our services are provided by highly-experienced, licensed, and board-certified healthcare professionals, dedicated to improving your health and wellness.

Whether you require medical treatment, counseling/psychotherapy, or both, we are happy to offer the best care available – at your convenience.

Call us anytime @ (561) 241-6628 Because you don’t have to suffer in silence.