A Sibling?s Voice Behind The Shadow Of Psychosis | 12513
Journal of Alzheimers Disease & Parkinsonism
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Purpose of the Study: The aim of the study is to understand and develop insights from the live experiences of individuals with
mentally ill siblings.
Methodology: The study utilized phenomenological research design with 8 participants who were named after precious stones.
Participants who were selected through non-probability sampling specifically purposive sampling are living in Baguio and
Benguet who come from varied cultures.
Results and Conclusions: The siblings? experiences yielded both positive and negative effects in various aspects of life. Some
participants reported to have experienced positive impacts in the family relationship such as closer bonding, respect, and
understanding. Others revealed negative impacts like family feud, anger, time and financial constraints, feeling of helplessness,
burn-out and limited patience. Participants also claim to have experienced crossroad of emotions brought about by the condition.
Acceptance and happiness were felt however feeling of worthlessness, shame, guilt, pity, pain, disappointment and regret were
also reported. In the course of the study, it is found that there are siblings who are parentified and are given responsibilities despite
their ignorance regarding the health condition. To overcome the crisis, well siblings use coping/defense mechanisms such as faith
healing, spiritual clinging, avoidance and help-seeking.
Siblings of individuals with psychosis are profoundly affected in very specific ways. The researchers conclude that the varied
experiences that siblings of mentally ill individuals go through either strengthen them or weaken them.
Recommendations: The study recommends that the national and local governments should work hand in hand to maximize
the implementation of programs on mental health to promote the wellbeing of the mentally ill and their families. The local
government, in collaboration with the health care providers, would establish organizations for the purpose of providing support
systems and discussion groups for well siblings who are under constant stress due to their sibling?s condition. Regular mental
health education should be done in the Barangay level by health workers. Formation of community counseling for healthy siblings
to go when under stress is important. Formation of support groups that will address the psychological problems of the siblings of
mentally ill is also recommended.
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