Perceived Burden and Social Support of Caregivers in Early onset Psychosis & Epilepsy: A Comparative Study

Narendra KS, Bhattacharjee D, Nishant G, Sanjay KM, Nizamie SH

Abstract


Perceived burden and social support are two very important aspects related to care giving of the patients with psychological disorders, especially to patients who have chronic course of illness. Many studies were done on patients with severe as well as chronic mental disorders but not much works were done on adolescent populations with psychosis and common neurological disorder like epilepsy. We intended to study perceived burden and social support of the 60 caregivers of the adolescents with psychosis and epilepsy (30 each in psychosis and epilepsy patients). We have found that caregivers of the adolescents with psychosis have been experiencing higher level of burden of care in comparison to caregivers of the adolescents with epilepsy. We have also observed that caregivers of the adolescents with psychosis also tend to perceive less social support from their respective social networks than that of caregivers of the adolescents with epilepsy.

Keywords


Caregivers, Social Support, Burden, Psychosis

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