Stress and depression in carers
Stress and depression can affect anyone, but the pressure and expectations of caring can make carers particularly vulnerable.
Stress is part of everyday life and, for many carers, stress can be a major factor affecting their health.
Stress is caused by the many demands made on our time and energy and the expectations we have of ourselves. Not all stress is negative – stress can alert you to potential dangers and can also spur you on to achieve a goal or complete a task. However, sometimes the balance tips too far and the pressure becomes so intense or so persistent that you may feel unable to cope.
Stress can make it hard to cope with the demands of caring. You can become more and more exhausted, tense and irritable, putting a strain on relationships. This can make you feel you are losing control over your life and that there is no way of regaining this control. Carers UK