TrOn – Family life in relation to major mental illness

Dr David Douglas and reviewed by Dr Rob Macpherson

60 minutes

November 2021

TrOn learning module

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For most people, family life forms an integral part of existence and general well-being. But what is the relationship between families and mental illness and vice versa? How can we conceptualise and understand families that have a negative effect on the life and recovery of those suffering from mental illness? How can we aid patients and families in the recovery process?

In this module we explore understanding in relation to the family and major mental illness, both past and present. We look in particular at expressed emotion (EE) and its role in the relapse of major mental illness. We also look at ‘burden’ and coping strategies, as well as what interventions can be employed to support patients and their families in tackling these important issues.


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