Caring for the Caregiver What does that mean?

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Caring for the Caregiver What does that mean?. Joseph O. Vigil, Ph.D., LRC Rehabilitation Psychologist. classic Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (cLINCL). (also referred to as classic Late Infantile Batten Disease). Stress. AARRRGGGHHH!!!!. Central Nervous System. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Caring for the CaregiverWhat does that mean?Joseph O. Vigil, Ph.D., LRCRehabilitation Psychologist

  • classic Late InfantileNeuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (cLINCL)(also referred to as classic Late Infantile Batten Disease)

  • Stress


  • PhysiologyCentral Nervous SystemPeripheral Nervous System - Somatic (Voluntary) Nervous System - Autonomic Nervous System - Sympathetic - Parasympathetic

  • Sympathetic Nervous SystemHeart Rate IncreasesPupils DilateBlood Vessels ConstrictIncrease Blood Volume to Striated MusclePlatelets Get StickierIncrease Fat in BloodstreamGI Tract Shuts Down

  • Everyday Events?Caring for special needs child(ren)Caring for other child(ren)Money issuesPhysical and mental health concernsFamily issuesJob stressorsTraffic??

  • Birthday Parties!!!(AARRRGGGHHH!!!!)

  • Lifes little bumps and bruises!!(OOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!)

  • Trips to other countries!(AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!)

  • Other Stressful Things**Any Adjustment**DivorceMarital SeparationRetirementDeath in FamilyPersonal Injury or IllnessMarriageDeath of SpouseFired/Employment SeparationPregnancySexual DifficultiesDeath of Close FriendGain New Family MemberIllness in FamilyChronic Med Condition in FamilyChanging JobsSpouses JobChange in Work HoursBusiness ReadjustmentTrouble with BossChange in Work ConditionsChange in ResidenceChanging SchoolChange in RecreationChanging Churches**Moving**Changes in Social OutletsLearning New CommunityHome RepairsAttending to Home MaintenanceChanges in Sleep PatternsIn-home VisitorsBeginning or Ending SchoolingFinancial MattersForeclosureChange of Financial State**Vacation****Christmas****Outstanding Personal Achievement**

  • Myths About StressStress is always bad for you.

    No symptoms mean no stress.

    Its safe to ignore minor symptoms.

  • What do we do when stressed? Eat

    Drink Alcohol


  • Physical Consequencesof Continued StressYour body stays tense if you dont use the fight or flight energy your body has ready to expendHypertensionHeadachesBody achesImpair immune system

  • Emotional Consequencesof Continued StressLess able to handle other stressorsMay be moody or short with others, especially those with whom we feel most comfortableIrritabilityDepressive symptomsChronic anxiety or nervousness

  • Emotional Consequences (cont.)

  • Behavioral Consequencesof Continued StressCan lower self-controlOvereatingAnger outburstsSleeping problemsFatigueInability to slow down and relax

  • Behavioral Consequences (cont.)

  • Cognitive Consequencesof Continued StressForgetfulnessPoor attention span or concentration problemsPoor judgmentLower work productivity secondary to the above

  • Strategies for Dealing with StressExercise!!!!Take care of yourselfBe around others who make you feel good, while avoiding those who always bring you downMake time for funAccept help from others!!!!

  • Strategies (continued)Help othersRenew spiritual valuesLearn relaxation techniquesDont put unnecessary pressure on yourselfSet reasonable goalsLaugh

  • Strategies (continued)Live one day at a timeTell the truth lies are stressfulDont procrastinateTALK about your problems