How Caregiving Can Liberate Caregivers From Past Trauma
aarp logo

Past trauma most commonly complicates caregiving when caregivers previously experienced verbal, physical or sexual abuse at the hands of those they are caring for now. Those caregivers typically feel trapped doing what is expected of them while being used once again by the people who hurt them earlier in their lives.

But being traumatized by anyone at any point in life can leave adult children with feelings of helplessness, a lack of emotional safety, and the sense they are being mistreated, which are heightened by the demands, necessary self-sacrifices and, often, thanklessness of caregiving. Mental health professionals would say that becoming a caregiver triggers their past emotions and fears.

How can family caregivers with trauma histories separate past and present experiences and make caregiving more bearable — even therapeutic?

Read more on AARP.

Written by External Article
Everyone is talking about caregiving, but it can still be difficult to find meaningful information and real stories that go deep. We read (and listen to and watch and look at) the best content about caregiving and bring you a curated selection. Have a great story about caregiving? Use our contact form to submit it to us so we can share it with the community!

Related Articles

manic pixie dream world

manic pixie dream world

Rayne: Eliza, do you consider yourself mentally ill? Eliza: Rayne, at one time, I would have said I am extremely mentally ill. I no longer say that....

Popular categories

After Caregiving
Finding Meaning
Finding Support

Don't see what you're looking for? Search the library

Share your thoughts


Share your thoughts and experiences

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join our communities

Whenever you want to talk, there’s always someone up in one of our Facebook communities.

These private Facebook groups are a space for support and encouragement — or getting it off your chest.

Join our newsletter

Thoughts on care work from Cori, our director, that hit your inbox each Monday morning (more-or-less).

There are no grand solutions, but there are countless little ways to make our lives better.

Share your insights

Caregivers have wisdom and experience to share. Researchers, product developers, and members of the media are eager to understand the nature of care work and make a difference.

We have a group specifically to connect you so we can bring about change.