I'm falling in the deep end of depression.
Hi guys, in need of help, I am a 28 year old caregiver and currently working with a pretty difficult case. I take care of an 82 years old lady, very high maintenance, I'll explain details as I continue explaining. I'm on my 9th month now taking care of my client who's become my friend pretty much. However during this time I've experienced extensive stress because of how I'm passionately interacting with my client. I haven't taken breaks in the past 6 month. I work 17 hours non stop before I can get my sleep. I Usually suffer unbearable fatigue and this eventually led to depression , self neglect and weight loss. I don't know but after displaying that I'm responsible, it looks like my client has used that to get what ever she wants by making demands I believe no other care giver would tolerate. I'm saying this cause this has led to me skipping showers and meals to quickly attend to my panicking client, which I understand, however now I have to really hurry to serve her food, jump like I'm in the military to attend to her and get rude awakening anytime she wants even if it's 3am in the morning to turn on the tv for her. I've grown skinny, and weak and I'm just sinking. She doesn't want to give he space to be by myself, if I do. She becomes extremely demanding and can make me cook a meal for her at 11pm when I'm already left with no energy. She's not disabled or have a chronic illness, however she sits on a wheel chair and I push her all around and basically do lifting to help her around. I'm growing really tired of this situation and I can't go to sleep close to midnight 24/7 even when I'm extremely tired. I'm battling and need help.