Does Your Partner Suffer From Depression? Here Are Ways To Help

February 18, 2013  |  
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From YourTango

It’s clear to anyone who has ever experienced mental illness, whether firsthand or via a loved one, how difficult it is to maintain a healthy relationship with those involved. The rate of depression in middle aged men has gone up, leaving many marriages and relationships in terrible states. Plus, since men are less likely to have many peers around on a regular basis when they’re older, they often turn to their partners for help instead. So how can we help the ones we love when they’re depressed?

As someone who has experienced depression for over a decade, I can honestly say that relationships are one of the hardest obstacles to tackle. With family, it’s easier to feel secure in knowing they’ll still be family, through and through, regardless of how unhappy and withdrawn you become. Although your relationship with them might become strained, it’s still a much more established bond.


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  • Nikki

    I was afraid to let a guy know about my depression and panic attacks because of the stigma with understanding mental health, especially in the black community. Surprisingly, he has turned out to be so supportive. He’ll even go to therapy with me if I ask him to.

    Not to mention, anti-depressants kill your libido!

    • Jenee Darden

      I host a show called Mental Health and Wellness radio. It’s a podcast you can download on iTunes or “peersnet dot org backslash radio” We address stigma in the show. And I just did a show on sex and mental health where we talked about how meds affect people’s libido. And how sometimes doctors aren’t sensitive when patients come in and want their libido back. A guest told me doctors say, “Don’t worry about that, let’s focus on your mind for now.” But sex and intimacy can help with some people’s wellness. Anyway I hope you listen. I’m posting that episode later on this week. Glad you found someone who is supportive of you and your mental health.

      • Nikki

        Interesting! Thanks a lot!

  • Nope

    #1: make sure you aren’t the one causing it. Go MIA for a few days and see if he’s in better spirits.