After a 6 year journey taking care of my parents, settling all of their paperwork, and selling their house, I feel like I have PTSD. Can that happen?
Yes! Unfortunately, this goes undiagnosed for the vast majority of caregivers. I know I suffer from PTSD, although I haven’t been officially diagnosed. Many other caregivers I speak with have the same symptoms and feel the same way. It is completely understandable. It is important to work through your feelings and your emotions. If you are not seeing a counselor, please find one, preferably one that specializes in PTSD or grief. You have been under extreme amounts of stress, worry, and probably guilt and anger over the past 6 months. Making all the decisions for your parents places a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. Be kind to yourself and seek support and help to work through the let down that can happen after being thrown into a constant storm and then suddenly it is over.