Study: Caregivers More Prone to Anxiety, Depression

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study from St. Louis-based Express Scripts outlines the current state of caregiving in the United States.

Express Scripts Chief Researcher Bob Nease says the study focused primarily on the types of medications that caregivers themselves are taking.

“We found that the toll on health was sort of across the board on things you would find are consistent with stress,” he said.

“People who provided care for an adult were 29 percent more likely to take medications for anxiety, ten percent more likely to take medications for ulcers, about ten percent more likely to have depression, six percent more likely to have high blood pressure,” Nease added.

Furthermore, the Express Scripts study found caregivers are less likely than most to keep up with those drugs. That is due in part, Nease says, to the high demands of taking care of others.

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