Circularity of emotion in the families of patients with depressive disorders

C. Bressi, E. Capra

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A depressive episode has a major effect on intrafamilial relations. It may determine responses and attitudes in the relative, of which the latter is unaware and which only serve to nourish the patient's feelings of self-disparagement and guilt, thus creating a relational exchange that is unlikely to lead to the resolution of his distress. This study examines the relational patterns that are most likely to arise in households where one of the members suffers from depressive episodes. The most significant scientific research into family Expressed Emotion and its effect on the recurrence of mood disorders is also reviewed. Finally, the importance of the need for an integrated intervention that takes into account the involvement of the patient's relatives in the therapeutic programme is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
JournalNew Trends in Experimental and Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • family expressed emotion
  • mood disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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