Caretaker’s Stress

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The attendant needs to stay healthy, remain active, avoid depression while looking after the patient.


If the life expectancy of an individual has increased and subverting an illness to a large extent in the last three decades it is due to the advancement of medicine and surgery coming next only to the industrialisation of the times. On the other hand it has also lead to increased population wherein the chronic and prolonged illnesses are preponderant.

Diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, alzheimer's disease, stroke are yet to find an answer in the field of medicine but the raging diseases over a period of time can be of stress on the individual. Also spare a thought for the patient's attendant, either the spouse or the immediate family member who has to go through the travails of the person's illnesses and share the pain without knowing when the relief is over the horizon.

An attendant needs to give emotional, psychological and physical help to the patient helping them turn in the bed, lifting them, bathing, dressing, feeding, cooking, shopping, paying bills and attend to their other needs, to mention a few. The challenge does not end there as they (the attendant) need to stay healthy, remain active, avoid depression while attempting to still enjoy certain things.

Recognition brings down the pain significantly and encourages the person to help further. But if the patient is suffering from an illness where memory is short or a disorder where the mental balance is affected they may never receive a simple acknowledgement for their service and this would further push them into stress. But for them to keep going attendants need to give attention to their own needs and wishes on a regular basis. They should make an effort to have their food on time, avoid missing medication if any, spend at least half-an-hour a day for themselves alone or go for a walk. They should occupy themselves with a hobby when the patient is at rest. Being in touch with family members and seeking help when necessary is crucial too. They should try to remember or recall a good incident and try to cheer up.

But if the attendant cries and feels helplessness and lack of control it means that they are slipping into depression and need help. Physically too it may be daunting as they feel exhausted and are unable to complete the routine tasks. They may find difficulty in falling asleep and waking up too.
They may not necessarily feel refreshed on waking up. All these symptoms suggest that they need help. If the above-suggested ways were not sufficient enough to summon up the courage to handle the situation, Homoeopathic medicine would be of help.

If the patient's condition is overwhelming for the caregiver to handle and anxiety about tomorrow is dominating Argentum nitricum is prescribed. If the caregiver becomes dull, morose and tends to override his needs without expressing the need for help, the suppressed emotions could take a toll, which are relieved by Staphysagria. If sadness predominates, Ignatia is found to be of help in seeing the situation in the right context.


If the caregiver tends to become angry, irritated due to the stress, Natrum mur should calm. If the physical suffering predominates and the patient gets exhausted showing effect on the health, Cocculus always relieves.


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