Caregiver Guilt is Good
Nine out of ten caregivers feel guilt about some aspect of their caregiver responsibilities, a new survey concludes.
“Guilt is a common feeling in the landscape of caregiving. Guilt can propel you to be the best you can be …or it can immobilize you,” says Vicki Rackner, M.D., the founder of Medical Bridges, the organization that conducted this informal survey.
For caregivers, painful feelings — such as guilt, sadness and anger — are like any other pain. “It’s your body’s way of saying, ‘Pay attention.’ Just as the pain of a burned finger pulls your hand from the stove, so, too, guilt guides your actions and optimizes your health,” explains Dr Vicki, a physician who helps patients and caregivers become more involved in their own health care decisions.