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Caregiving, especially from a distance, is likely to bring out many different emotions, both positive and negative. Feeling frustrated and angry with everyone, from the care recipient to the doctors, is a common experience. Anger could be a sign that you are overwhelmed or that you are trying to do too much. If you can, give yourself a break: take a walk, talk with your friends, get some sleep—try to do something for yourself.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/topics/caregiver-health

Caregivers are at elevated risk for developing mental health disorders, so caregivers should, at a minimum, be screened for these conditions. In some situations a full diagnostic evaluation is appropriate (e.g., a caregiver asking for treatment for depression).

https://www.apa.org/pi/about/publications/caregivers/practice-settings/assessment/tools/mental-health-caregivers

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