Every family has problems periodically, especially under times of stress. Sometimes discussing problems occurring can be painful, but letting the doctor know what is happening can help significantly. The doctor is a safe place to discuss any circumstances affecting your health. The good news is that the doctor can make recommendations to help improve the relationship between family members. The doctor can also make referrals if the relationships between family members needs help beyond his/her scope of practice.

If family members are either mistreating or taking advantage of you, it is important to let the doctor know immediately. Abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, or financial. Informing the doctor can help you out of the situation, as well as receiving help, referrals, or resources. Added stress with family members  can decrease quality of health, and it is crucial to ask for help when needed.


Source: National Institute on Aging