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When one member of a family begins to distance themselves or bring tension into the family, how do the other family members feel? Every family has their occasional fights but when the fights seem to be part of everyday living, then the family must look inside their home to see what is causing the interruption.
The person who is causing the tension is usually the one suffering from a form of depression. The first thing to do is discuss the situation with the rest of the family before confronting the depressed member. It is important the entire family is on the same page before approaching the situation. Agree on a course of action and when ready, then approach the depressed family member.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|