I'm seeking to better understand the needs and challenges of people who may be "over-caregivers." You may be an over-caregiver if you are usually everyone's "go-to" person. That is, you tend to be the first person family, friends, or people at work reach out to for help (even when these people could probably take care of things on their own). Although many people are naturally nurturing, over-caregivers go well above and beyond the normal level of care taking, even if this typically results in their own exhaustion, frustration, or even financial hardship.
In essence, over-caregivers place a high value on taking care of people. They can also find it difficult to set healthy limits with others even when this is essential for their own well being.
This survey contains 74 brief, "Yes" or "No" questions and can be completed fairly quickly (usually in under 10 minutes). It is anonymous, and completely voluntary. Please complete it in one sitting.
Please answer each question, and don't over think your responses. If you are unsure of your response to a particular question, please simply answer it according to whether the statement is mostly true (a "Yes) versus mostly untrue (a "No").
You may also feel free to share anything else you think is important in the comment section, although I will not be able to respond to your comment personally.
Please note that this survey is not intended to diagnose or treat any physical or mental illness, and does not imply any clinical relationship between us. The questions are not likely to cause any distress, however, if you experience any during or after taking part in this survey, or otherwise feel you would benefit from speaking with a therapist, you may wish to find a provider on a therapist referral site (such as PsychologyToday.com, Goodtherapy.org, or via your state psychological association - none of which are affiliated with this survey).
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Thank you in advance for your participation, and please feel free to forward this survey link to others.
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Traci Stein, PhD, MPH
Licensed Psychologist (New York)