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(p. 367) The Family Affected by Depressive Illness in One or Both Parents 

(p. 367) The Family Affected by Depressive Illness in One or Both Parents
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(p. 367) The Family Affected by Depressive Illness in One or Both Parents
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0089
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date: 23 April 2018

In this essay Winnicott looks at the effect of serious mental illness in either parent upon the life and development of the growing child. He classifies types of psychiatric illness and their effects, and levels of seriousness. He sees the practitioner as assisting the family, be it the child, or the parents, in managing rather than curing the difficulties created by their illnesses. Winnicott sees the presence of ordinary depression in the parents as something that may ultimately benefit the family.

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