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What are the Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout?

Caregiver burnout is a serious condition caused by on-going stress. It can lead to serious consequences for the caregivers and diminish their capacity to provide effective care to their loved one. It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms and signs of caregiver burnout and get help when needed.

List of signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout or stress.

People often use the words stress and burnout interchangeably, but there is a difference. Everyone has stress in their lives from the demands of work and family life. Burnout is the result of that unmanaged stress building up to a point where the caregiver can no longer cope with it. Understanding the difference can help caregivers know when it’s time to get added support.

Stress vs Burnout 

Signs of Stress 

Signs of Burnout 

Caregiver puts in extra effort to provide care for their loved one.  

Caregiver has lower motivation and feels unable to do what is needed for their loved on. 

Caregiver experiences emotions like love, anger and sadness more strongly. 

Caregiver experiences a lack of feeling and emotion. 

Caregiver experiences fatigue and loss of energy. 

Caregiver experiences a lack of motivation and hope. 

Caregiver feels anxious and hyperactive.  

Caregiver feels helpless, and fatigue cannot be relieved by extra rest. 

Stress takes a physical toll on the caregiver. 

Burnout takes an emotional toll on the caregiver. 

Get help for caregiver stress or burnout symptoms now.

When caregivers are juggling caring for their loved one along with other family, personal, financial, and professional demands, they may not realize that there is help available. Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide patient care and caregiver support. If you are feeling the pressure mount or seeing the signs of caregiver burnout, please call us at 1-888-564-3405. We’re here to help.

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