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it’s easier to feel secure in knowing they’ll still be family, through and through, regardless of how unhappy and withdrawn you become.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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