Pain, confusion, despair, hopelessness, anger, grief, guilt, stress, fear and shame are emotions commonly reported by siblings (Sin et al., 2012).
Depending on their age or birth order, a sibling may feel neglected or ignored when the family focuses on a brother or sister affected by psychosis. Siblings may worry about developing mental health or substance use problems of their own. They may also worry about the strain that their parents are experiencing and may try to make up for what they feel their parents have lost in their other child. Due to the nature of the relationship, siblings may also have to reconsider choices they’ve made regarding their own career or relationships because they may have to help with the long-term care of their sibling.