Caregivers experience more depression
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:54:04 GMT
One in every four people taking care of sick or aging relatives may experience symptoms of depression, a figure far higher than the US population in general.
An online survey of 400 Americans showed that depression levels among caregivers were more than two times higher than the country's national average.
This is while the new data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that in average 9 percent of all Americans suffer from depression.
According to the new study, 86 percent of caregivers believed their responsibility as a caregiver has affected their work situation because they had to take time away from their jobs, quit, retire early, reduce hours, or take a leave of absence. The amount excludes those who were already not working.
In addition, 77 percent of the caregivers were concerned about the impact of their duties on their savings.
The study also showed that one third of family caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week in that role.
About 31 percent of caregivers were turning to their churches, synagogues, mosques, or other religious organizations to find support beyond family and friends.
Also 25 percent of them were seeking online support via discussion forums, chat rooms, and through social networks such as Facebook, the study added.