Maintaining Emotional Health as a Caregiver

How can a caregiver maintain his or her emotional health?

caregiverMaking sure the needs of a loved one are met before your own can wear you down after awhile. Caregivers of cancer patients need to monitor their own health as well as their patient’s. Dr. Beverly Yoches is a Psychologist that has experience helping people through these hard times. She reminds us that people giving care need to maintain their own health first so they can be healthy enough to take care of their loved ones. Long periods of emotionally heavy experiences can lead to depression. Be mindful of your health and talk to someone if you’re feeling depressed.

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Video Transcripts

Beverly Yoches: Being a caregiver can be extremely overwhelming and often times caregivers will put the needs of their loved ones before themselves and after spending weeks, days, months, and years putting other people’s needs first, it can cause depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and resentment and that’s a tough one because we never really want to say or admit to that we are resentful, but you know after weeks, days, months of putting someone else’s needs before ours, it can wear us down, so it is important to take care of yourself first, otherwise you won’t be able to take care of your loved ones.

Dr. Beverly Yoches
Dr. Beverly Yoches, a graduate of Argosy University, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ. She specializes in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, anger, bereavement, depression, mood disorders, trauma and those with serious mental illness.

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