How does family affect depression?

How does family affect depression?

The following types of families increase a risk for depression:

- Perfectionist family
- Invalidating families
- Violent families

Family factors that increase a risk for bipolar disorder

  • Heredity – scientists report that if one identical twin has bipolar disorder, the other twin has about 40% to 70% chance of developing bipolar disorder. The lifetime risk in first-degree relatives is 5–10%; around seven times higher than the general population risk.
  • Family stressors – childhood maltreatment, substance misuse, living with a parent who has a tendency toward mood swings, alcohol or substance abuse, financial and sexual indiscretions, and hospitalizations.

Family caregivers may:

  • support
  • empower
  • help in managing the day-to-day tasks
  • help the peon concerned to find the treatment

in order to try to decrease the symptoms and suffering of the loved ones