How Depression Can Affect Relationships

We talk a lot about the well-known symptoms of depression. The lingering sadness, increased irritability, and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Approximately 1 in 6 Americans live with these symptoms every day. Unfortunately, Major Depression can extend beyond the individual impacting family and friends, destroying careers, and wrecking relationships.

When you start to peel away the layers of depression, you realize that it’s not just one big thing- it’s the little things that add up and become a burden each day. This is because depression and stress create a self-derating cycle that distorts your perception of life- including your relationship.

Many people with Major Depression describe the illness as living each day in a heavy fog. When we lose clarity in life, our view becomes distorted and warped. Living in this kind of fog- this kind of unclarity- can breed self-doubt changing the way you view your partner and how you think they view you.

Coping With Depression in Relationships

It’s no secret that relationships are work and challenge us in many ways. Relationships open us up to vulnerability as we work to trust one another. However, when someone in a relationship has depression, it can intensify these challenges and cause vulnerability and distrust.

While it’s common for people in any new relationship to have to work out problems and adapt to each other’s sensitivities, depression can introduce problems and sensitivities that are extreme, unpredictable, and sometimes resistant to reconciliation.

If you are in a relationship with someone who has depression, you are likely struggling with a variety of emotions…

What does it feel like to have depression?

Is my partner unhappy in our relationship?

How can I help my partner find relief?

Contrary to some of the myths surrounding depression, someone who is clinically depressed can still be happy with their relationship. That’s because depression is more than just feeling sad or having a bad day- it’s a serious mental illness that can take a toll on your health and relationships.

Unfortunately, depression can cause overwhelming loneliness and detachment which can hinder any relationship. Some people who suffer from depression experience debilitating exhaustion and hopelessness which can be very frustrating for two people in a relationship.

Depression is not a one-size-fits-all condition because it looks different on everyone. There are so many different ways depression presents itself. It can leave people feeling guilty, worthless, lethargic, and anxious. Untreated depression can lead to a vicious cycle of self-destructing behaviors that ultimately crush relationships.

Everything feels difficult with depression. But innovative treatments offer hope and restoration.

How To Help Someone You Love With Depression

Research shows that when one member of a couple has depression, there is a significant impact on the well-being of the other partner. Research published in BMC Public Health in August 2010 found that spouses of those with mental illnesses, including depression, were more apt to exhibit signs of anxiety and depression themselves.

Major depression can deeply affect both people in the relationship and, in some cases, present a burden to the entire family. The good news is there are things you can do to help someone you love with depression. You don’t just have to weather the storm. Some treatments can provide hope and healing.

We understand that it’s not easy dealing with a friend or family member’s depression. And if you neglect your health, it can become physically overwhelming, too.

That said, your support can be crucial to your loved one’s recovery. Simply being there as a companion is extremely helpful. Keep in mind that your loved one is not lazy or unmotivated. One of the BEST things you can do for someone you love who is suffering from depression is to get them the help they need.

At Psychiatry Northwest and TMS Washington, our team is dedicated to providing the best in diagnosis and treatment to put you on the path to healing. We aim to provide compassionate, thoughtful, and comprehensive care by using an integrated approach for holistic wellness. Call our office today to learn more about the life-changing benefits of TMS Therapy.

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