Personality Disorders - Carers
Information for carers, friends, and relatives
As a carer, friend, or family member of someone living with a personality disorder, you might find that you also need support. Caring for someone with a personality disorder can be challenging.
It is important to get emotional support for yourself if are finding it hard to cope. You can contact one of the organisations in the ‘useful contacts’ section of this factsheet. You can also check whether there are any local support groups for carers, friends and relatives in your area. New education and support programmes for families are being set up in some parts of the country.
You can ask for a carer’s assessment if you are a carer and feel you need more support to care for your loved one.
You should be involved with decisions about care planning if your loved one is supported by a mental health team and you are their carer.
There are rules regarding confidentiality and carers. Unless the person you care for agrees, confidential information about them cannot be passed on to you or other family, friends and carers. The team should ask their permission and ask what they are happy for others to know. This would also include any care plans they have.
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