The Caregiver Perspective: Caregivers of Individuals with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
In the past 50 years, a shift toward community care and the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients has resulted in transferring of responsibility and day-to-day care to family members. In part, this shifting of responsibility has been caused by a deficit in community support services. READ MORE
Family Mental Illness Stressful for Caregivers
ITaking care of a loved one with a mental illness can lead to mental problems in the primary caregiver.
A new Canadian study has found family caregivers can experience high levels of stress, self-blame, substance abuse and depressive symptoms. Researchers suggest that caregivers refocus their priorities and lighten their load.
“Being the principal caregiver to a mentally ill family member is a stressor that often creates high levels of burden and contributes to depressive symptoms,” said lead author Dr. Carsten Wrosch, a psychology professor at Concordia University.
“Caring for a relative with a mental illness can be strenuous — such caregivers can even be more burdened than caregivers of dementia patients,” Wrosch said. READ MORE
Coping with a Child's Mental Illness
Anne and Marcus Smith know they would use their real names for this article if their 14-year-old son, William, were suffering from a disease like diabetes or cancer. Their neighbors would likely deliver meals every time William was hospitalized and post affectionate messages on Facebook. But William has bipolar disorder, a chronic condition that causes extreme and sometimes disabling mood swings. And while Anne and Marcus could certainly use their community’s support, they also have to guard their son’s privacy to protect him from the harsh judgments people often make about kids with mental illness. So they share on a need-to-know basis, and the neighbors pretend not to notice when an ambulance pulls up to the house…. READ MORE