Caregiver Stress Syndrome (CSS) is a syndrome found in caregivers involving pathological, morbid changes in physiological and psychological function. This syndrome can be the result of acute or chronic stress, directly as a result of caregiving activities.
The Reality of Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout and fatigue are very real. Many parents struggle through this overwhelming fatigue on their own simply because they may not recognize the many symptoms they are experiencing as something legitimate. Regular respite may be at at a minimum, too infrequent to lift the physiological and psychological stress that accumulates often leading to depression.
Unfortunately, most of the information out there is for caregivers working with aging parents. Little is discussed about the role of caregiver strain on parents of children with special needs.