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Benefits of Caretaking

Taking care of a spouse who is ill can increase anxiety and depressionhowever

[A study] found that when spouses were engaged in active caring tasks they had an increase in positive emotions, while time spent in passive care tended to provoke more negative emotions.  Spouses who viewed themselves as sharing a mutually close relationship with their spouse had even higher levels of positive emotion while engaged in active caring.

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Posted by Will Baum, LCSW