Yale-Family Assessment of Needs for Services (FANS)

  • Deborah Perlick
  • Li Lippman


As knowledge of mood disorders grows, it becomes apparent that families of those suffering
are greatly affected by these illnesses. Books have been written about how a family can cope with and help a family member with a mood disorder (Golant, 1998; Miklowitz, 2002; Sheffield, 1998; Sheffield, 2003) and research has extended into examining those issues. Family-Focused Therapy incorporates the family and the patient in the therapy treatment (Miklowitz & Goldstein 1997). It is essential that researchers address families as well as patients because most people with a mood disorder must deal with how the family responds, positively or negatively.


Golant, M., Golant, S., (1998). What To Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed. New York: Henry, Holt & Company, Inc.

Mikowitz, D.J., (2002). The Bipolar Survival Guide: What You And Your Family Need To Know. New York: Guilford Press.

Miklowitz, D. J. & Goldstein, M. J., (1997). Bipolar disorder: A family-focused treatment approach. New York: Guilford Press.

Sheffield, A., (1998). How You Can Survive When The’re Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout. New York: Harmony Books.

Sheffield, A., (2003). Depression Fallout. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.