What is the impact of depression and anxiety on your relationships?

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Answered by: Ebonee, An Expert in the Your Mind and Body Category
If someone asks you why you’re sad, what would you say? Perhaps a recent event or stressful situation has got you down. Sadness can easily be explained by a few things that happen in your life. Things that just take a bit of time to process so that the wounds can heal. But what if it’s more than that? But what if you don’t know what those wounds are? How would you explain why you’re sad?

     People often mistake sadness for depression but depression is an entirely different monster. It’s like an uninvited guest that shows up at the most inconvenient time and it often stays longer than welcomed. What’s even worse than an uninvited guest? One that awkwardly follows you around, unsure of why they came in the first place. Depression can come at any time, for any reason, and sometimes for no reason at all. Especially if it’s coupled with anxiety, which is basically your fight or flight response behaving irrationally. It’s like you’re stuck inside a thick, gray rain cloud that no one else can see. Depression and anxiety combined makes you feel as though you're trapped inside of your own skin while you feel everything and nothing simultaneously.

     Depression is heavy all on its own, and anxiety throws even more weight onto the load. So what do you do when people begin to notice that you’re not quite yourself? How do you explain to your spouse that it’s you, not them? It’s natural for you significant other to feel like they did something that makes you unhappy. Unless your spouse is an empath, they probably won’t understand how you feel or why you can’t just cheer up. If they’ve never experienced it themselves, how could they possibly know if it’s never explained to them? They’ll assume that they did something wrong, which would result in you feeling even worse because you couldn’t stop that negativity from spreading.

Communication and understanding are the two most important factors when it comes to relationships and depression. Mental health problems and the struggles associated with them are not explained to everyone. We must educate people on how these things affect everyday life. Your spouse needs to know what’s happening and grasp the concept of depression. Both anxiety and depression can be caused by hormonal imbalances, so it is important to understand why a person with depression can’t explain why they’re depressed. Once your spouse understands this, they can begin to know how to help.

Every person is different, so there is no single way to treat depression and anxiety and it can become quite tedious to offer support to someone who seems to be constantly suffering. Some people want to be held or taken out to do things they enjoy. Others want to be left alone and find it frustrating that they can’t find joy in anything. Pills often make people feel like zombies and usually create more side effects than necessary. Natural remedies don’t always work, but it’s better than nothing. What matters most is staying strong through those bouts of depression. Remember what matters most and try to remain as positive as possible. You must endure the storms and rely on love, patience, and understanding to get through.

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