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Health Tip: When Caregiving Becomes Too Stressful

- Caring for a loved one who needs extensive help can be physically and emotionally draining. To continue providing loving care, it's important to monitor your own well-being, too.

Here are some warning signs of caregiver stress, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Feeling unusually angry or resentful toward the person you care for, yourself or your family.
  • Withdrawing from social activities.
  • Anxiety.
  • Sleeping too much or having difficulty sleeping.
  • Feeling irritable.
  • Being sick frequently.
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Posted: March 2008