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Families Fractured By Mental Illness

A diagnosis of mental illness like anxiety or a mood disorder in one family member affects the whole family.  It might bring a strain on relationships and can be wearing on the entire family in addition to the effects it has on the individual.  These responses are not intentional; they usually arise because of differences in understanding what a mental illness is and how to best deal with it.  But it can lead to fractures[…]

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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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For the families: Notes on the subtle art of listening

Feeling lost on what you can say or do to help your loved one who has depression?  This blog is for you, the family members and close friends of someone who has depression or bipolar disorder.  You may sometimes find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.  You see your loved one struggling to deal with the symptoms of this illness and may not know exactly what to say or do that would be helpful.  Some might[…]

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