Im­pact of de­pres­sion on fam­ily and friends is fo­cus of sur­vey

The Tribune (SLO) - - Fun & Games - JEANNE PHILLIPS Con­tact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

Dear Read­ers: The de­part­ments of psy­chi­a­try and medicine at Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter want to learn more about the im­pact care­giv­ing has on fam­ily mem­bers and friends of peo­ple who have been di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion or other ill­nesses.

Be­cause fam­ily mem­bers and friends play a large part in pro­vid­ing care while also bal­anc­ing jobs and other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the physi­cians and re­search sci­en­tists at Tufts are ask­ing you, my read­ers, to share the im­pact care­giv­ing has on dif­fer­ent as­pects of your life, in­clud­ing your abil­ity to work and your health and well-be­ing. This in­for­ma­tion will be used to im­prove ser­vices to care­givers and the peo­ple they sup­port.

You may be el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate if you are a:

— Care­giver for a rel­a­tive or friend with de­pres­sion or other ill­nesses.

— Per­son who has de­pres­sion that has not im­proved with treat­ment.

— Per­son who is em­ployed and not in­volved in care­giv­ing.

If you are in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in this im­por­tant study, please visit be­wellat­work.org/NCS/. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in this study is vol­un­tary and anony­mous. It in­volves an­swer­ing a brief set of ques­tions and, if you are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate, com­plet­ing an anony­mous sur­vey. The en­tire study is con­ducted on the in­ter­net and is com­pletely pri­vate.

Dear Abby: I’m 7 1/2 months preg­nant with my first child, and my hus­band and I are hap­pily await­ing our baby’s ar­rival. I am fret­ting over some­thing. My mother-in-law is a se­ri­ous smoker. She smokes in her home, in her car and right be­fore get­ting into any­one’s car or leav­ing home.

I do not want my baby around a smoker, but of course, I want our baby to bond with Grandma. She’s obliv­i­ous to the dan­gers of sec­ond- and third-hand smoke and laughs it off. My hus­band says we can’t make her stop smok­ing, and he doesn’t want to talk with her about it. I am adamant about our baby hav­ing a smoke-free en­vi­ron­ment. What do I do? — Pro­tec­tive Fu­ture Mommy

Dear Mommy: Your to­bacco-ad­dicted moth­erin-law is not go­ing to quit smok­ing. Your hus­band doesn’t want to talk to his mother about it be­cause he knows it will go nowhere. That leaves you.

Un­for­tu­nately, your child is go­ing to have to live in a world in which there are peo­ple who smoke. While you may be able to min­i­mize his/her ex­po­sure, you can­not guar­an­tee that from child­hood to adult­hood your child’s en­vi­ron­ment will be en­tirely smoke-free. Be­cause you are adamant— for good rea­son— about your baby hav­ing a smoke-free en­vi­ron­ment, you will have to in­sist, with your hus­band present, that Grandma bond with her grand­child in your home or some other smoke-free en­vi­ron­ment. Pe­riod.

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