Family involvement is very important in the treatment of depression, for family members play major roles in a seriously ill person’s life. Depressed people are difficult to help, however, so family members must be patient and persistent in their determination to offer care. They cannot afford to become angry and throw up their hands in despair. When patients are depressed and withdrawn and seemingly out of reach, they may still appreciate on some level those ordinary things that people do for each other. They should be treated with courtesy and forbearance and included in family planning as if they were expected to recover and remain among them rather than fade.
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