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Spotting the signs of burnout

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Article from HelpGuide.org

Depression affects approximately 350 million people worldwide,1 many of whom receive care and support from friends and family members. The daily demands of such assistance can place enormous strain on these caregivers, in some cases leading to physical and emotional burnout.

If the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind – eventually leading to burnout. When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else. That’s why taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury — it’s a necessity.

This article, from HelpGuide.org, offers guidance on spotting the signs of burnout, and provides tips to restore energy, optimism and hope in those caring for people with depression.

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Read the full article here

For more advice on how to care for your loved one, as well as yourself, the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI) have created a “Caring for two” brochure. Click below to download it and learn more.

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References
  1. World Health Organisation. Depression Factsheet. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/. Accessed May 2017.

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