The 7 effects of caregiver burnout syndrome

Care for the elderly, sick or dependent must be guaranteed in any modern society that values ​​the interests and integrity of its citizens.

However, the application of these measures requires consideration of certain physical and psychological characteristics related to these jobs supporting vulnerable people. Therefore, in this article I will explain the main effects of caregiver burnout syndrome.

What is caregiver burnout syndrome?

People who have them are dedicated to providing social and health care as a profession they are usually dedicated professionals who make every effort to do the best possible job with the people who need it every day.

In Spain, the provision of this type of care is generally a professional job that generates great satisfaction in people who dedicate themselves body and soul to the care of others.

However, this type of work aimed at helping others can sometimes cause certain problems, both in terms of physical and mental health. The best known of these psychological problems or disorders is the caregiver burnout syndrome, an alteration that affects thousands of people in our country on a daily basis.

This syndrome can be defined as a set of symptoms that they affect people who devote themselves intensely to the care of others and this because of the lack of rest in their efforts, they end up developing anxiety disorders, stress, depression, muscular problems and all kinds of psychological and psychosomatic disorders.

What are the physical and mental effects of caregiver burnout syndrome?

There are many psychological disorders that can occur in people who develop caregiver burnout syndrome, some of the most common include sustained anxiety, insomnia, and inability to regulate outbursts of anger.

These symptoms usually appear gradually in the mental health of the person, the more this syndrome develops and they can worsen if they are not treated early by a qualified psychological professional.

Let’s see what are the most common and important effects of caregiver burnout syndrome.

1. Exacerbated fatigue

Tiredness, permanent fatigue and muscle aches or any other type are some of the physical symptoms that can develop with burnt caregiver syndrome.

these they are usually accompanied by psychological symptomsand in many cases they are caused by the psychological discomfort that the person experiences on a daily basis.

2. Sleep problems

Being constantly focused on caring for a person and with no time to rest at any time can also lead to real disruptions in the person’s sleep patterns, as well as cases of severe insomnia.

This causes a lack of rest due to the person’s inability to sleep properlywhich causes a greater level of overload throughout the organism, with its consequent influence on physical and mental health.

3. Feelings of guilt

Another of the classic characteristics of the caregiver burnout syndrome is a permanent feeling of guilt when the state of health of the person being cared for deteriorates or when he ends up dying.

This phenomenon is explained by the very strong bond that the caregiver establishes with the person already dependent on them. the obsession to take care of one’s health at all costs at all timesno matter what happens.

In addition to this, people with caregiver burnout syndrome have an obsessive perfectionism and do not forgive themselves for the mistakes they may make in their work, no matter how small, because they consider that each small error can put the caregiver’s life in danger.

4. Social isolation

Voluntary social isolation is another logical consequence that gradually occurs when a person dedicates their personal and professional life to caring for someone.

The burnout syndrome is characterized by fear the progressive loss of one’s own personal interestsas well as in an increasingly accentuated disinterest in carrying out any social or recreational activity with friends or relatives.

5. Interpersonal difficulties

In addition to this loss of interest in going to parties or social gatherings of any kind, they are also frequent difficulty establishing positive relationships with othersboth with strangers and relatives and families.

Increasing irritability, mood swings, and physical and mental exhaustion make it impossible to achieve effective, adaptive, and satisfying interpersonal relationships.

6. Sudden Weight Changes

People with burnout syndrome also tend to quickly give up on their physical image, a direct result of low self-esteem.

This phenomenon means that many of them end up gaining or losing weight in a short time, due to a sudden loss of appetite.

7. Cognitive impairment

Caregiver burnout syndrome is also accompanied by a series of cognitive disorders that affect the person’s daily functioning, such as for example memory or concentration problems.

Are you looking for professional psychological support?

If you are interested in having psychological assistance for problems related to the professional field, I invite you to contact me.

My number is Tomas Santa Cecilia and I am an adult and adolescent psychologist.

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