How to identify and manage caregiver stress

The caregiver may lose the ability to experience joy, which may be replaced by constant feelings of dread, drudgery, hopelessness and helplessness.
The caregiver may lose the ability to experience joy, which may be replaced by constant feelings of dread, drudgery, hopelessness and helplessness.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

The stress caregivers suffer can lead to feelings of hopelessness and cause some to neglect their own needs.

This stress fluctuates with circumstances, says Dr Tay Kai Hong, an associate consultant at the department of psychiatry at Sengkang General Hospital.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2018, with the headline 'How to identify and manage caregiver stress'. Print Edition | Subscribe