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.