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Role of Family Members

Family members need to understand the patient and his emotional state as well as respect his expectations, likes and dislikes. Sympathetic and attentive listening to the patient is an equally important part of psychotherapy at home.

The psychological and moral support given by the near and dear ones is important for a prompt recovery as well as preventing a relapse of depressive illness.

Harsh words, negative attitudes and negative remarks of the family members worsen the Depressive Disease and come in the way of prompt and effective recovery. They may also act as a precipitating factor for of Depressive Disease. These are like giving sweets and sugar to a patient of diabetes.

Family members need to slowly encourage the patient to resume his/her work and duties. The dependency need has to be discouraged by the family members.

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