Our expert says:
Any of us can, of course, be severely affected by the stress of our own pain and health problems, and by those of others. And I know, from direct personal experience, the tragedy and chronic stres of caring for someone with developing dementia.
It is indeed also stressful and sad to watch someone we love going through such problems. But we need to recognize that allowing ourselves to become unduly distresed and troubled by this makes us LESS of a support and assistance to that person, not more. It would be very wise for you to see a personal counsellor to work through all the issues that this situation has roused in you, wand this would benefit you, your dad, your mom, your children and husband.
With counselling one can learn to cope better with unavoidable stresses and anxieties, and to avoid the avoidable ones ; to enable oneself to be as useful as possible to those who rely on us and need us, without damagingly blaming oneself for not being able to be useful to them in impossible ways
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