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Being a Carer

Caring for someone, especially someone that you love, can be both physically and emotionally challenging.  It is therefore often the case that carers need support themselves, in the form of therapy in order to continue to provide care to their loved one without that care having a detrimental impact on their own physical and mental health.

Carers providing 24/7 care are more than twice as likely to have poor health than non-carers. They may be feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of caring, or findingthemselves resenting either the task of caring and/or the person that they care for. They may always feel tired, like they need a break. They may often feel like they would like to be doing something different and then feel guilty for thinking this. They may have stopped looking after themselves asthey used to. They may feel anxious or depressed orisolated from others either some of the time or most of the time.75% of carers say it is hard to maintain relationships and social networks because people do not understand the impact that caring has.

How common is it to be a carer?

  • 5 million people in the UK are carers and this number continues to rise.

  • There will be 9 million carers in the UK by 2037.

  • 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives.

  • 4 million people provide over 50 hours of unpaid care per week.

What is the treatment?

Your Psychologist will begin by asking you questions about how you spend your time, your current responsibilities, the difficulties that you are currently experiencing and what makes these better and worse. This will enable them to get a comprehensive picture of how things are for you what can be done to improve this. Depending on what you need your Psychologist may then help you to rebalance your time so that you are able to care for yourself as well as your loved one, ultimately making the care you are able to provide more fulfilling for both of you. If appropriate your Psychologist will then help you to tackle any feelings of anxiety, depression and/or anger through the use of CBT or other evidence based approaches. Therapy will support you to maintain a sustainable balance between caring for others and looking after yourself.

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