Caregiver Resentment Is Normal: Why it Happens and How to Mitigate it

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Caregiver Resentment Is Normal: Why it Happens and How to Mitigate it

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There are lots of upsides to being a family caregiver: helping your loved one through a difficult time, spending lots of time together and understanding firsthand what they’re going through. But even those who enjoy the role may find feelings of resentment bubble up.

And there are a number of reasons why that might happen, say experts — from having to juggle caregiving with other commitments, like kids and jobs, to dealing with the isolation and stress that can come with taking care of a loved one.

“Caregiving is exhausting, physically and emotionally,” says Jill Johnson-Young, a licensed clinical social worker and co-owner of Central Counseling Services in Riverside, California. “It feels like a thankless task at times.”

Here’s a closer look at why you might feel resentment as a family caregiver, as well as ways to mitigate it.

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