Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Psychiatric Illness in the Family

Families dealing with psychiatric illness in a loved one often experience stress, fear, confusion, depression, and uncertainty. We offer information, support, communications and problem solving training, and knowledge about the common issues faced by families in this situation. Our goal is to increase family closeness, resiliency and coping skills, and decrease stress. If a family member is in treatment in the Department, we will collaborate with your team in order to best aid the treatment plan. Our model of psychoeducation and support is based on 40 years of research, which demonstrates that involving the family supports the patient, decreases relapse frequency, and reduces depression and anxiety in those who love them.

For families experiencing psychiatric illness in a family member, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, or PTSD, we offer:

  • Information about the condition and its effects on families (psychoeducation), communication enhancement, and problem-solving training
  • Needs assessment
  • Family therapy
  • Consultation and coordination with professionals treating your family member

Families with adults with ADD can be seen through the Adult Developmental Disorders program
Contact: or (215) 573-1159.

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