8.10. Key Points of this Module

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   The life of a caregiver changes radically as a result of the responsibility and dedication required, which produces a major change in their quality of life. In consequence, they are in jeopardy of suffering from the Caregiver Burnout which produces profound emotional and physical exhaustion when living with and caring for a dependent person. It is vital to be aware of its symptoms in order to prevent being affected by it.
   Caregiving does not cause depression nor will all caregivers experience the negative feelings that accompany depression. However, in their effort to provide the best possible care for a family member or friend, caregivers often sacrifice their own emotional as well as physical needs.
   Depression in the elderly or dependent people is a quite common phenomenon that is often confused with other ilnesses or pathologies, therefore, it is important to pay attention to those sympthoms typical from depression.
   Given the high level of dedication required to care for a dependent person, caregivers feel that all other areas of their daily lives are affected, which can ultimately lead to social exclusion. Therefore, it is vital to take care of yourself first, in order to be able to provide a proper assistance to your loved one.
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