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Could caregiver stress affect my health?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Stress causes bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, htn, neurosis etc.
We all have to deal with stress and find creative ways to treat it. Meditation, prayer, having breaks resting or changing activities, sexual activity, exercise, dedicate time to hobbies ( music, painting, dancing, games, play), hugs and other things have been advocated. Attempt not to be in a "state of stress" for long periods.

In brief: Yes

Stress causes bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, htn, neurosis etc.
We all have to deal with stress and find creative ways to treat it. Meditation, prayer, having breaks resting or changing activities, sexual activity, exercise, dedicate time to hobbies ( music, painting, dancing, games, play), hugs and other things have been advocated. Attempt not to be in a "state of stress" for long periods.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, for sure

Yes, caregiver stress can affect health.
Caregivers are more likely to have symptoms of depression & anxiety; have higher levels of stress hormones; are more likely to have long-term medical problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or arthritis; have weaker immune responses to the flu vaccine; have slower wound healing, etc. While caregivers do care, the process can be a health risk.

In brief: Yes, for sure

Yes, caregiver stress can affect health.
Caregivers are more likely to have symptoms of depression & anxiety; have higher levels of stress hormones; are more likely to have long-term medical problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or arthritis; have weaker immune responses to the flu vaccine; have slower wound healing, etc. While caregivers do care, the process can be a health risk.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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