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Monthly Archives: October 2016



When Someone Refuses Treatment: What to do

When someone you love refuses to get professional treatment for their mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, this can put you as a family member in a very uncomfortable and difficult position.  You care for the person, can see that he or she needs help, and feel powerless to just stand by.  It’s a time when you cannot force treatment if he is over age 18 unless he is at risk of harming[…]

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Why I Hate The Phrase “Hang In There”

Today’s blog is written for the family members and close friends of those who have depression or bipolar disorder.  I was recently interviewed for an article and later asked to write a guest blog; the topic for each one was “what not to say to someone who has depression.”  This is in contrast to the more positive advice I offer in my new book, When Someone You Know has Depression: Words to say and things[…]

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