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Caregiver Burden

Taking care of someone with a traumatic brain injury may be very challenging, especially to a loved one or a caregiver. Having too much responsibility without receiving assistance or support can take a toll on someone’s mental, physical, and emotional state. It can eventually lead to caregiver burden, which is the strain or stress perceived by an individual who takes care of a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly person. Individuals with caregiver burden usually experience: 

  • Stress or burnout 
  • Anxiety or depression  
  • Emotional or physical exhaustion  
  • Irritability  
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Sleeping problems  
  • Decreased social participation from family, friends, and/or leisure activities  

Caregiver burnout can negatively affect the quality of care that individuals provide for someone with a brain injury. General strategies that a caregiver can use to manage caregiver burden include:  

  • Taking care of yourself. Exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and eat healthy, well-balanced meals. 
  • Engaging in yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to reduce anxiety or stress 
  • Using positive coping skills (i.e., spending time with your family and friends, listening to music, engage in your favorite hobbies) 
  • Getting adequate sleep, about 8 hours each day 
  • Seeking for help through family, friends, and/or support groups 




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