Depression : Client/Family Education

Client/Family Education

  • Nature of illness
    • What to expect as illness progresses
    • Symptoms associated with illness
    • Ways for family to respond to behaviors associated with illness
  • Management of the illness
    • Connection of exacerbation of symptoms to times of stress
    • Appropriate medication management
    • Side effects of medications
    • Importance of not stopping medications
    • When to contact healthcare provider
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Social skills training
    • Daily living skills training
  • Support services
    • Financial assistance
    • Legal assistance
    • Caregiver support groups
    • Respite care
    • Home healthcare


  • Has client established trust with at least one staff member?
  • Is anxiety level maintained at a manageable level?
  • Is delusional thinking still prevalent?
  • Is client able to interrupt escalating anxiety with adaptive coping mechanisms?
  • Is client easily agitated?
  • Is client able to interact with others appropriately?