Caregiver Strain Associated With Depression In Families Of Patients With BD.

Medwire (11/2, Cowen) reports, “Caregiving strain is associated with depressive symptoms among family members of patients with bipolar disorder [BD],” according to astudy published in the November issue of the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after having “studied 149 male (n=55) and female (n=94) caregivers of patients enrolled in the Systemic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder — a national longitudinal study evaluating treatment effectiveness and outcomes in patients with the mood disorder.” Each caregiver was “evaluated for depression, caregiver burden (strain), and rumination using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D), the Social Behavior Assessment Scale (SBAS), and a 10-item shortened form of the Ruminative Style Questionnaire (RSQ).”

Related Links:

— “Caregiver strain link to depression mediated by rumination,”Mark Cowen, Medwire News, November 02, 2012.

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