Chronic illness weakens the entire family. Beneath the financial struggle, other difficulties like feelings of guilt and failure, dependency appear and can not be neglected. The spouse has to undertake the part of the ill person and might feel double burdened. The children suffer in missing a supporting and reliable home.
They might have responsibilities that are not age-appropriated and try to keep calm. They are under a constant pressure and are under a high risk of developing psychiatric problems like an oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or a conduct disorder (CD).