Marriage is a two-edged sword when it comes to depression. Marriage can cause depression problems and depression can cause marriage problems. If you want to remain in a stable and happy relationship then any problems with depression should be resolved as quickly as possible.
If you’re married and depressed, you must determine what’s causing the depression and act to overcome the weakness to feel depressed. It’s not necessarily the marriage. Most of us have been depressed sometime during our lifetime brought on by various concerns.
If not, you’ve probably known someone who’s suffered from depression. It’s not uncommon and you’re not alone. Each year in the United States, depression affects almost 20 million adults and the numbers are growing.
Knowing you’re not alone in this emotional crisis you should seek help, whether by a professional or self help. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. As long as you suffer from depression, you’re not only hurting yourself but also those around you.
If it is the marriage that’s causing your depression, you must rise above it or possibly suffer the loss of your spouse. You could feel it’s what the spouse has done that’s has led you to this depressive state.
If this is so, communicate with your spouse and get the problems in the open. Discuss your feelings and ask your partner to understand and be supportive. More than likely, he or she will be supportive if they believe you’re trying to conquer your fears and become a happy, productive person again.
Depression is a mental illness but can also affect the physical part of your relationship and your physical well being as well. Often, when you’re depressed you fail to rest and eat properly.
Needed activities go undone as you retreat into your own private world. When your spouse approaches you with a need for emotional and physical love and they’re rejected, your marriage is on shaky ground.
It’s extremely important that both parties understand that depression is an illness that needs to be treated like any other disease. Treatment is most effective if the sufferer will agree to seek help whether from the spouse, family member, clergy or a specialist in mental disorders.
Be willing to help yourself. Physical exercise can help release chemicals within your body that can be useful to mental health. People with depression usually become sedentary and have no desire for physical exertion. If physical exercise is not an option, try meditation exercises such as yoga. Purifying your mind with meditation can often bring clarification of the problems.
Proper diet and nutrition must also be maintained before slipping into a further state of bodily disorder. If your body is being deprived of the necessary vitamins and minerals it will also affect your mind and emotional feelings. Try one of these suggestions or all in concert, but make an effort to emerge from your depressive condition.