The emotional and physical demands of caregiving can be difficult for caregivers, but research shows that counseling can assist. Counseling has been shown to significantly reduce depressive symptoms in caregivers of dementia patients in a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, and an article published in the Journal of International Psychogeriatrics argues that person- or family-centered counseling provides “new perspectives on problems that are seemingly unmanageable.” Counseling can help caregivers deal with stress, loneliness, and burnout so they can be present for their loved ones, among many other advantages.
The bottom line is you are not required to tackle this problem alone. Please seek assistance if you are experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, or burnout. Therapy can give you insight into your emotions and improve your ability to handle stress.