Schizophrenia is a chronic psychiatric disorder causing common disability. The disorder seriously affects caregivers as well as patients. Besides living with and experiencing psychiatric symptoms of the patient, both physical and psychiatric burdens of the disorder psychologically affect caregivers. Most of the patients live with their families, and families undertake the role of providing care without getting any external professional support. Psychological distress emerging in patients’ relatives naturally induces adverse impacts in the treatment process. As treatment process of the psychiatric disorders change, a society-based model is being accepted. Therefore, the progression of the disease results in extended periods spent within the family beyond inpatient treatment institutions, requiring the families to assume a more active role in the treatment of the patients. Therefore, there is a growing interest for the correlation between the progression of the disease and behaviour of caregivers. The contribution of patient’s relatives to the treatment of chronic psychiatric disorders is indisputable. The common acceptance is that patient relatives represent one of the leading decisive factors in continuing or suspending the treatment. The care-giver is one of the three key components of the overall treatment process alongside the patient and the healthcare team. Ultimately, cooperation with patient relatives is of crucial importance in the process of the treatment.
YÄ±lmaz ED, Deveci E, Güleç H, Gençer AG, Ünal Ö, Koçer E, et (a2l.014) Correlation between Anxiety and Personality in Caregivers for Patients with Schizophrenia. J Psychiatry 17:130. doi: 10.4172/Psychiatry.1000130