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“Double Patients”: Managing Psychological Symptoms in Caregivers of Patients with Dementia

Alka A Subramanyam, Shipra Singh

Citation Information : Subramanyam AA, Singh S. “Double Patients”: Managing Psychological Symptoms in Caregivers of Patients with Dementia. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2017; 11 (2):11-16.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0003

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 00-12-2017

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Abstract

Caregivers of patients with dementia are a vulnerable population themselves. They go through various phases of roles, based on the stage of the illness. There is a phase of acquiring the caregiving role, defining the quantum of involvement, and also finally dealing with eventual loss and the re-defining the role once the loss is final. This put the caregivers through a lot of stress, and makes them vulnerable to a host of psychological concerns themselves Through a series of cases, this article attempts To understand caregiver issues, and find a way to help, as well as shown how a lot of hand-holding at each stage aids the caregiver from reaching burn out and at times depression.


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