Reprioritize To Cope with Caring for Loved One with Mental Health Issues


A new study shows that people who care for those with mental health challenges can be at risk for increased stress, substance abuse and depression. “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,” says Carsten Wrosch, a professor in the Concordia University Department of Psychology, and lead author of the study. The study, conducted by researchers from Concordia University, the University of British Columbia and AMI-Quebec, followed caregivers for 17 months to determine what factors influenced a more positive mental state.

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