Depressed relative supported financially - attach conditions to $ or no?
February 3, 2014 6:37 PM Subscribe
A close relative has been struggling with depression for a few years. She's in her early 20s. Until now, she's been supported financially by her parents in her own apartment, because it seemed that being near her friends and therapist was important (as opposed to being forced to live at home in relative isolation). Now she seems to be doing a bit better, and her parents want to see her take some steps towards independence - working, volunteering, or taking classes. They are considering tying that to the money - something along the lines of "have something to do 4 days a week or we stop paying your rent." Is this a good idea? Terrible idea?