Mood Disorders: A Family Illness

Mood disorders can be genetic and deeply affect surrounding people...

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, discusses how important it is to see a patient in their social setting, specifically their family.

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