The survey by Eli Lilly and Company is the first to question caregivers worldwide about their concerns.
Spokeswoman Carole Puls says a majority worry about their mentally ill loved one going off their medication:
Sixty one percent said they always or often worry about their family member experiencing a relapse.
But Roseville resident Isabel Bravo, who took care of her mentally ill adult son for ten years, says her primary concern was finding a support group to help her:
Parents are still afraid, still ashamed to come out and say, “I’ve got a mentally ill loved one.”
Other survey results found 43 percent of caregivers said their own mental and physical health got worse when their loved one’s condition deteriorated.