The pressure of being in a relationship can feel overwhelming to someone living with depression. When you're struggling with an illness that makes you tired, sad, and generally uninterested in life, often the last thing on your mind are the needs of others. Equally frustrating and emotionally draining is trying to maintain a relationship with someone who's depressed. It's hurtful and confusing when loved ones increasingly isolate themselves, pull away, and reject others' efforts to help. All of these feelings and reactions can damage relationships, whether they're with spouses, partners, children, or friends.
Each year, depression affects an estimated 19 million Americans and countless numbers of loved ones. It can test even the most secure of relationships. The good news is that depression is very treatable and by taking the appropriate steps to combat the illness, your relationship can survive.
Steps to Overcome Depression and Keep Your Relationship Healthy
The most important step toward successful recovery is to seek treatment. With the appropriate combination of "talk" therapy and medication, people with depression can achieve remission (virtual elimination) of symptoms and reconnect with life and with relationships.
If you're experiencing symptoms of depression :
If you're in a relationship with someone experiencing depression:
For more information contact your local Mental Health Association or:
National Mental Health Association
2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311