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Bystander or Caregiver Stress

A caregiver is anyone who provides help and care to another person in need. A caregiver can provide support to a spouse who is sick, a disabled child, or an aging relative. Being a caregiver can be very rewarding but at the same time it can exact a high toll leading to what is known as caregiver stress. It is the emotional and physical strain of caregiving and the people who experience the most caregiver stress are among the most vulnerable to changes in their own health.

The signs of caregiver stress

  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Feeling overwhelmed and irritable
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight