"How do you know if you’re obsessed with caregiving?
- Your caregiving duties continue to increase–more baths, more attention to detail.
- You tell yourself it’s necessary, but others seem to question you.
- You are an expert in your loved one’s illness but are ignoring your own body’s warning signs.
- You haven’t taken a day off in months.
- Your other relationships are dwindling.
- You feel as if you have nothing in common with the outside world.
- You constantly think, “they don’t understand.”
- You take a deep sense of pride when someone says you’re a great daughter/son/caregiver–and you actually try to create situations (subconsciously) where someone would be prompted to say this.
- You never sit down because there’s always something to do.
- You’re getting less than 5-6 hours sleep a night on a regular basis.
- You fear when your loved one dies and almost feel frantic at the thought of wide open days with no one to pick up after, watch, feed, or medicate.
I know, this just sounds like normal caregiving!" Carol O'Dell
While I get the author's point, I would contend that 'obsession' is not even an option in many caregiving situations.
Dependency increases with progression for people in need of care. When it comes to caring for someone besides yourself maybe the world needs a little more 'obsession'?