I have been through so many Psych MD's as an RN I feel like giving up becuz of my anxiety has increased while I tend to my elderly parents growing needs. I isolate myself & am on 100% medicare Disab. I am the oldest daughter of 3 girls who live far away & don't see how much care my parents need. I am being labeled "disrespectful" if I try to communicate to other family members that I can't take this role of sole caregiver anymore. I am told I should feel lucky to have a place to live. This anxiety & trapped role I'm in is asking for help!
Oh dear. Someone needs to let you talk. No one knows except another RN how stressful it is to take care of someone 24/7. Someone else in the family needs to come give you a break a few times a week. Even if its just to go to your room and get away. You've got your own problems, they can't be depending on you all the time. Even if you were healthy, you need a break from that. I've been fortunate, my Mom will be 89 next week, and she still insists on doing for herself. Have you looked into some kind of respite care for your parents so you could get away for a few hours? I just saw on the drs they are doing a procedure where they inject a long acting anesthetic into the brain and it blocks the anxiety of ptsd.
You really need face-to-face support. There must be a form of counseling or group you can find, the things being said to you sound a bit cruel and unfair.
Open you mind to fresh input about who your are, not what others say you are, and be sure your self-impressions are healthy, that's a good place to start.
You have a good group here, but person-to-person encouragement is what will help you most, don't isolate yourself there's a big passionate empathetic helpful world out there, but you have to take the first steps; 1., Your self-talk has to be positive, 2., Seek out support where you live.
Keep us posted and hang in there!
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