Family Matters


Toxic family members who belittle mental illnesses can fracture a family.

Susan Noonan, MD, MPH, talks about dealing with family over the holidays. Yes, there are toxic members of the family to avoid, but there are other relationships that can be mended.

Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan offers peer counseling to fellow patients, including physicians and other professionals, and can be confidentially reached through her website at

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