Social support can be very helpful in the fight against depression. The problem is that people with depression can be difficult to spend any time with, especially quality time. Their distress leads to difficult interpersonal relations over time. Studies even show that the concern and good intentions of family members can be stressful. Some researchers have proposed that having social support may be more a matter of freedom from conflict and negative interactions than anything else. They suggest that coping with a stressful life event in the context of a conflictual relationship may be more difficult than having a relationship at all.
- pg. 109, When Someone You Love Is Depressed – Laura Rosen & Xavier Amador, ISBN 978-0-684-83407-8