Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 443–450 | Cite as

The Stress of Caring for People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • Tannis M. Laidlaw
  • Ian R.H. Falloon
  • Denise Barnfather
  • John H. Coverdale


This paper presents a survey of stress of keycarers of 46 consecutive cases of chronicobsessive-compulsive disorders who were receivingcombined drug and cognitive-behavioral therapy in anout-patient clinic. A reliable semi-structured interviewwas used to estimate the overall stresses in variousaspects of life. The effects of the disorder were mostcommonly expressed by carers in their maritalrelationship and in home management. Twenty-eight percentwere severly burdened by their carer role, and 35% wereextremely distressed at the prospect of ongoing careprovision. Caregivers require support, and may be considered to be consumers of mental healthservices themselves.


Public Health Health Psychology Consecutive Case Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Home Management 
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  • Tannis M. Laidlaw
  • Ian R.H. Falloon
  • Denise Barnfather
  • John H. Coverdale

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