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Signs of Caregiver Stress
Jan 08, 2014

The first step in dealing with caregiver stress is to recognise the signs of stress. You can then find ways to deal with it and enlist support or medical help when needed.

Common signs that stress may be affecting your physical health include:

  • Disturbed Sleep, insomnia
  • Back, shoulder or neck pain, muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Stomach/digestive problems (upset or acid stomach, cramps, heartburn, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea)
  • Weight fluctuation (gain or loss)
  • Loss of hair

Common signs that stress may be affecting your emotional health include:

  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Moodiness/mood swings
  • Butterflies
  • Irritability, easily frustrated, road rage
  • Memory problems and lack of concentration
  • Feeling out of control
  •  Increased substance abuse
  •  Phobias
  •  Argumentative
  •  Feeling of isolation
  • Job dissatisfaction
  •  Bereavement Issues
  •  Resentment
  •  Anger
  •  Helplessness


If you are experiencing any of the signs listed above, consider talking with a healthcare professional who can help you to evaluate your situation.