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When working in the mental health field it can either benefit or cause barriers in the progress of the patient. The purpose of this discussion board post is to investigate the benefits and barriers that may occur when incorporating family members into the care of a patient with a diagnosed mental illness. A benefit that a patient may receive from having family involvement would depend on the extent of the mental illness. Someone who has depression will benefit from having an understanding family that keeps lines of communication open and provide support in difficult situations. On the other hand, a patient with schizophrenia would benefit more from family involvement as their illness may be too severe for them to care for themselves. The burden that accompanies family care is that the family is more prone to increased stress levels and feelings of isolation (Palli, Kontoangelos, Richardson & Economou, 2015). Most health care providers would agree that the
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  • Fall '17
  • Steele, Kontoangelos, International Journal of Mental Health,44

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