8. Burnout, Depression and Social Exclusion of the Caregiver


Select another topic         Next

Text and video by Media Creativa, Bilbao, Spain. Design and layout by e-Training Solutions, Berlin, Germany. Cartoons by Boris Luve.


Taking on the role of a family caregiver though admirable and rewarding, it can also be incredibly draining and it can be source of burnout and depression. The caregiver needs to assume the responsibility of meeting their cared ones’ needs, which may become increasingly overwhelming, causing emotional and physical exhaustion.

The Burnout has consequences on several areas such as work, emotional stability, physical condition and health (tiredness, muscle aches, headaches, anxiety), and it can even trigger negative feelings, such as the feeling of emptiness.

Consequently, the aim of this module is to provide the learners with a comprehensive insight on the topics of Caregiver Burnout, depression and social exclusion. Moreover, it is intended at providing learners with tips that may help them identify early symptoms of burnout, depression and social exclusion, and strategies to cope with these risks.

In addition, it seems important to introduce the learner to the topic of depression among the cared ones, which may be sometimes confusing. Depression in the elderly or dependent people may be easily confused, and it is different from the kind of depression suffered by younger people. Consequently, it seems vital to have a clear picture of how this illness is manifested in the ones who receive informal care.

Expected Learning Effects

After completing this module, the learner should:

   Be aware of the warning signs of burnout to recognize when they appear
   Be able to prevent burnout signs
   Understand burnout and depression signs
   Identify ways and methods of counteracting burnout and depression



8.1. What is Caregiver Burnout?
8.2. How Does the Burnout Affect?
8.3. Signs and Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout
8.4. How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout?
8.5. Burnout vs Depression: What is Caregiver Depression?
8.6. Depression of the Elderly Person: Signs and Symptoms
8.7. How to Avoid Depression on an Elderly or Dependent Person
8.8. Social Exclusion: How to Avoid It
8.9. How Can You Prevent Social Exclusion?
8.10. Key Points of this Module
8.11. Assessment


Estimated time to complete the module:

3 hours



This E-learning module is an open educational resource. It is mobile-friendly and device-independent. The module is designed for individual learners, however it can also be used as a part of a instructor-led training program.
Select another topic         Next