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mental illness in the family

Mental Illness: A “Family Disease”

By Mental Health

When it comes to how mental illness affects the family, the psychology journal Social Work in Public Health gives an apt analogy. It states that “It is helpful to think of the family system as a mobile: when one part in a hanging mobile moves, this affects all parts of the mobile but in different ways, and each part adjusts to maintain a balance in the system.” In other words, mental illness affects many more people than just the individual that is struggling.

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