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date: 17 January 2020

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Ethical issues in relation to caregiving and caregivers in connection with mental health can be characterized by two themes. First, they reflect the everyday nature of informal caregiving. Secondly, because caregivers are situated in a particular context, the dilemmas that face them are particular. Thus, whilst different ethical issues can arise in the context of any mental illness, in every case there will be something unique to their nature. This chapter considers some of the ethical problems that might arise in relation to a variety of mental disorders (i.e. schizophrenia, depression, anorexia nervosa, post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol problems). These will always reflect the nature of the relationships in question. Greater attention is paid to ethical issues that arise for people with dementia. This helps to show both the variety of ethical difficulties and the situated nature of carers, who respond to difficulties in the context of dynamic relationships.

Keywords: carers, confidentiality, dementia, ethical burden, guilt, safety, situatedness, truth-telling

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