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Depression and Relationships:
Maintaining A Strong Connection 
When
Love Isn't Enough 

When it comes to depression and relationships, sometimes love just isn't enough. 

Don't get me wrong. Relationships are wonderful and can be incredibly fulfilling.

But depression has a way of creeping in and disrupting even the strongest of relationships. 


Depression and Relationships: Maintaining a Strong Connection When Love Isn't Enough
Depression and Relationships: Maintaining a Strong Connection When Love Isn't Enough

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How Does Depression Impact Relationships?

Depression is sneaky.  Sometimes the symptoms are so subtle that you may not even realize it has become an unwelcome addition to your relationship. 

And when depression does become a part of your relationship, it can feel like a heavy weight that pulls you down, clouds your perception of yourself, and the way you believe others view you. 

How is this possible?

Well, depression breeds doubt, uncertainty and feeds on low self-esteem.  Feelings that eventually bleeds into your relationships.

These feelings may lead you to have irrational thoughts.  You may withdraw from those you love, become irritable, angry and even a bit anxious.

Does this sound familiar?

Depression and Relationships:
Look Out For These Common Signs
 

Sometimes it can be hard to spot when depression begins to affect a relationship.   Here are a few things to look out for.

Your Sex Life Takes a Plunge

One significant drawback of depression is low sex drive. Depression may make you distrustful of your partner's display of affection.   Low interest in sex can be caused by various reasons such as poor body image, feeling exhausted, taking medications, performance anxiety, feeling shame about sex.

You Begin to Feel Hopeless About Your Relationship

Do you believe life is hopeless and will not get better? If so, you're not alone. But keep in mind that this belief will negatively influence how you think of others and how you believe they feel about you.

Emotional Outbursts and Being Overly Critical

With depression, irritability and anger are common side effects.   You may find yourself acting out, finding fault with your loved ones, and picking fights over things that wouldn't usually bother you in the first place.

Spending Quality Time with Alcohol and Drugs

Substance abuse and depression are close friends.  Alcohol and drugs are often used to dull the pain of depression and anxiety.  Unfortunately, substance abuse only worsens symptoms and leaves you with even more problems.  


Take These Steps To Save Your Relationship from Depression

Communication is crucial when it comes to repairing and strengthening any relationship impacted by depression. Maintaining  good communication is tricky when you're depressed because often you feel withdrawn and emotionally distant from your partner. 

Here's how to get communication flowing again.

Identify Triggers

Here's a little exercise.

Sit down with your partner and make a list of all negative emotional triggers.  The point of this exercise is to identify what upsets you and your partner so that there's a conscious effort to avoid them.

Listen and Be Heard

Now that you and your partner have come up with a list of trigger points, it's time to listen without judging, dismissing or being critical of what the other has to say.

Sounds easy enough right?

Remember, the point is to understand where the other person is coming from.

Flying off the handle and interrupting will make it harder to get unstuck.  

It's important to be heard and understood.  Getting this affirmation makes you feel less invisible and confirms that your opinions matter.

Don't deny another this respect.

Seek Out Help Together...Not Separately

An excellent way to overcome depression is by learning new coping skills that will allow you to push past the rough patches.  Learning coping skills on your own is good.  Learning them as a couple is even better.

A skilled and experienced therapist can help you get past the emotional hurdles of depression.

Get Committed

All this advice means very little if you and your partner aren't committed to following through. Or are at least trying to work on your relationship.

Ridding your relationship of depression takes hard work, time and dedication. 

There's no fairy godmother with a magic wand who's going to make everything better. 

One more thing to keep in mind...

You've got this!




I hope this article, Depression and Relationships:  Maintaining a Strong Connection When Love Isn't Enough, helps you on your journey to overcoming depression!

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