Caring for the elderly often leaves caregivers traumatized

Caring for an elderly loved one can leave the caregiver with a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, an illness that can persist unless addressed and treated. Just as with the more familiar form of PTSD from combat, symptoms can include flashbacks. "Many people find themselves unable to stop thinking about the suffering they witnessed, which is so powerfully seared into their brains that they cannot push it away," said Dr. Barry Jacobs, a clinical psychologist and author of "The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers."

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