Have you ever suffered
from major depression? Not just a few down days but rather consecutive down
weeks in a row, and it isn't a question of your glass being half empty or half
full because you can't even see anything inside worth measuring?
you're not alone. Family caregivers suffer from major depression much more
frequently than the rest of the population. That's a fact. When a family
caregiver suffers from depression, there are two people at risk - the family
caregiver and the family member or friend for whom she or he cares.
will find information about the symptoms of depression, how depression can be
treated and how to screen yourself for signs of depression. You will read
caregivers' descriptions here of how they view their experience of depression,
caregiver-to-caregiver advice, and information that takes into account the
reality of what it means to be a family caregiver.
Knowing you are not
alone with depression begins right here.
The Depression in the Family Podcast is for family members or friends of someone with
depression or bipolar disorder. The podcast features experts and family members
who help you learn and feel supported. Scroll down the page and click on Suzanne
Mintz to hear the president of NFCA talk about how you can avoid caregiver burn
is grateful to Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. and John Rohland, MD for their insights
and assistance in the development of these family caregiver depression pages.