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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 196-201

A study of the stressor, family environment and family burden in dissociative (conversion) disorder patients


Department of Psychiatry at S.P. Medical College and Associate Group of P.B.M. Hospital, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Girish C Baniya
Medical Officer, Department of Psychiatry, S.P. Medical College and Associate Group of P.B.M. Hospital, Bikaner, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.214593

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Background: Dissociative disorder is a stress-related disorder usually present in adolescent and younger age group. It is also accompanied with significant impairment in activity of daily living and family relationship. Family environment plays important role in initiation and maintenance of symptoms and this put significant burden on family. Aim and Objective: To study presence of stressor, family environment, and assessment of family burden in dissociative disorder patients. Material and Method: This was a cross-sectional observational study in which 100 dissociatives disorder patients were included after fulfilling inclusion criteria from both inpatients and outpatient department of psychiatry. Results: In our study major part of the sample were women 60 (60%), among them most of were housewife and educated up to primary school. According to a stressor, 63 (63%) patients had family stress/problem and out of them, 35 (58.4) were women. Seventy-four (74%) patients had dissociative convulsion and out of them, 45 (75%) were women. The dissociative disorder patients cause a considerable degree of burden over other family members in both men and women. There is a significant difference found in the family environment in term of personal growth dimension, relationship dimension in both men and women. Conclusion: Present study concludes that dissociative disorder patients cause a considerable degree of burden over other family members in term of leisure, physical, mental, financial, and routines family interrelationship domains. The family environment in term of personal growth dimension, relationship dimension has a casual effect on symptoms of dissociative disorder patients.


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