Andrea Ucini points out that depression isn’t just a medical condition, it’s a family matter in his illustration of a young boy playing catch alone while the shadow of his father appears through a window.
The behavior and mood of a depressed person affects the whole family, according to Ucini, who says that the irritability associated with depression sets off conflict and derails family dynamics.
Negative thought patterns around depression become a prism of pessimism affecting everyone. Withdrawal disrupts relationships and breeds wholesale feelings of rejection. With depression, major responsibilities are displaced and there is a burden of stress placed upon the family.