The Effects of Depression on Relationships

What are the effects of depression on relationships?

Effects of Depression on Relationships

Depression is not only detrimental to our body but also to our social interactions. Depression could potentially hurt our way of relating to others. Intimate relationships are susceptible to the impact of depression.

When you are not feeling good emotionally, the way you interact with others can be affected. In some instances, depression is a cause of relationship breakup. Break up will also contribute to the sadness and emotional turmoil.

What are the effects of depression on relationships?

There is a connection between your emotions and the way you relate with others. But if you have depression, your relationship may also on the bumpy ride. Unfortunately, not all people are aware of the depressive symptoms that they are experiencing. As a result, their relationship suffers. Their loved ones may consequently avoid them.

However, there’s a lot you can do to examine how your mood is affecting others. One of the best ways is to observe what others are perceiving about you. You can pretty determine whether or not people still like you. As you roam around, you can hear comments that may directly or indirectly pertain to your behavior. Others may label your attitude as something related to movie antagonists. When this happens, you will have an idea of how people think about you.

Depression can harm the relationship. A study conducted by Uzma Rehman and colleagues published in 2015 found that people with clinical depression have a poor relationship quality. In addition, those people tend to think that their relationships are less satisfactory, and are sensitive to frustrations.

In other words, depressed people have poor coping strategies when it comes to dealing with relational challenges. In most cases, those people tend to blame others for the negative experience. As a result, their partners or the people they loved who are supposed to support them shoulder the emotional burden.

Depressed people tend to focus on the negative side of the story. Such negativity governs their lives. Unfortunately, the people around them may be the first to feel abandoned and hurt. Then breakups may follow.

Aside from depression, anxiety may also play an important role in the course of the relationship. Anxiety may be related to distress. A poor relationship quality may indirectly or directly result in a high anxiety in couples. If one of the parties feel unreasonably anxious, the bond will be shaken. And to some extent, it will break.

Any relationship is a two-way process. Two people should interact and do their part. Even one is working hard to strengthen the relationship, if one does not, the intimate relationship will not work. It is easy to maintain a happy relationship if both of you are willfully contributing your part. But it is incredibly and almost nonsense to remain in a relationship where your partner does not work.

In the previous study, researchers found that depression led depressed people to be unaware of the consequence of their behavior. In other words, they have no idea that they already cause emotional pain to their partner. The depressed individual may unknowingly continue the negative behavior regardless of the effect of wrongdoing.

Aside from depression, another factor that could also contribute to relationship breakup – anxious attachment style. This is usually a childhood issue that a person was not able to resolve in that stage of development.

People with this attachment issue tend to reject others including their partner. This behavioral tendency may affect the vulnerable party especially the women. The affected party often question the quality of the marriage and the relationship itself.

But depression remains the worst contributing factor to relational problems. The symptoms are powerful enough to destroy an intimate relationship. If one of the parties experience stress and unhappiness, the relationship is on the brink of breaking up.

The unhealthy coping strategies may worsen the situation. As mentioned, a depressed person almost always focuses on the negative side of an event rather than finding hope. Blaming is a common way to escape the responsibility.

But the good news is that depression is something that is treatable. The key to the improvement is the willingness of a person to recognize his/her true condition. Realizing how this condition is detrimental to the relationship could help re-establish the good quality relationship.

However, this is easier to say than to actually do it. This is because a depressed person may not recognize that he/she has a problem. Because of this tendency, depression is harder to treat than other disorder. This means that the improvement of the condition may rely on the willingness of the person to be cured.

What are the effects of depression on relationships?

In conclusion, depression is detrimental to the relationship. If the couples or both parties are not able to deal with the condition effectively, the relationship will suffer. Fortunately, the cure is in your hands. You just need to recognize the condition and then find a professional help if necessary.

I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.

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