The burden of care: the impact of functional psychiatric illness on the patient's family.

@article{Fadden1987TheBO,
  title={The burden of care: the impact of functional psychiatric illness on the patient's family.},
  author={G Fadden and Paul Bebbington and Liz Kuipers},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={1987},
  volume={150},
  pages={
          285-92
        }
}
This paper reviews the literature on the effect of severe mental illness on other members of the patient's family. The burdens of caring for a patient at home are considerable. They often affect the caring relative's social and leisure activities, and financial problems arise frequently. Relatives have difficulties in understanding and coming to terms with illness-related behaviour. 'Negative' symptoms are often a particular problem. Despite their burden, relatives do not complain much… CONTINUE READING