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Divorcing A Depressed Spouse

Divorcing A Depressed Spouse

Depression Spouse Divorce

There are many cases where a spouse asks for a divorce because the other spouse has sunk into depression. Depressed spouses are more likely to lose interest in sex and are often resentful, lose their temper easily, and are quick to blame others. They are also more likely to abuse substances and become suicidal. In most cases the deeper the depression the more difficult it becomes for the spouse to snap out of it.  Some of the reasons for depression include:

  • Genetics
  • Excessive self criticism
  • Working too hard
  • Having unrealistic expectations

In most cases, depression can be treated with medication and counseling which means that your marriage doesn’t have to end because of depression.

Seeking Professional Help

About 20 million Americans suffer some form of depression during their lifetime. While a significant number of people quickly overcome their depression, some remain depressed for weeks or even months. You need to encourage your severely depressed spouse to see a competent psychiatrist or psychologist and go with them to appointments. But you should know that antidepressants can suppress sexual interest and may have other unpleasant side effects.

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So, you need to discuss with your partner how to deal with such side effects. Seeking professional help early can help prevent suicide. Depressed people are often distant, disinterested, and negative which can make it difficult to live with them. While it’s true that your spouse’s depression is not your fault, you are the one that has to deal with the consequences of their condition.

Help Your Spouse Stay Active

Divorcing A Depressed SpouseOpenly express your love to your partner as often as you can and spend time with them.  Encourage them to join you when you go out for a run or when you go to the gym. Or just plan a daily walk with them in the sunshine. However, don’t push them too hard to be active because this can only lead to a disagreement. You and your partner can also plan and cook healthy meals together to encourage better food choices.

Routines such as scheduled meals, medications, exercise, and exercise can help your depressed spouse feel more in control of their day to day life. You can also help your partner find support groups that battle depression through activities such as exercise or just talking.

 Signs That Your Spouse Is Depressed

It can be hard to tell whether your spouse is depressed because depression is not static and people with depression can have good days too. Your spouse shows the following symptoms in a frequently in a period of two or more weeks:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tearfulness, feelings of sadness, or hopelessness
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Loss of interest in normal activities they used to enjoy
  • Anger outbursts
  • Physical symptoms that cannot be explained
  • Increased or reduced appetite
  • Trouble paying attention or making decisions

The more you read about depression the more you will learn how to handle a depressed spouse. You don’t have to have all the answers just let your partner know that you are available and ready to listen.

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