I used to think that stress was something that other people had until I began caring for Mary. The simple thought about a future without her would have me in tears and I was disgusted with myself for be unable to control my emotions. A typical male response I am told. In the end, after a meltdown caused by something simple like Mary emptying a cup of coffee down herself just before I was due to take her to the Hospice Day Care centre. After a private, and emotional, counselling session with the Day Centre nurse I was persuaded to go to my GP and seek help.
My GP prescribed a daily dose of 20mg Citalopram which has had a profound effect and I am now able, under normal circumstances, to have an adult conversation with the health care professionals as well as friends without bursting into tears. I should have sought help earlier because my emotional state must have affected the care I was able to give. All seems better now. Rob