Depression is mental illness that can have detrimental effects throughout an entire household. Not only does it impede your ability to perform to the best of your ability from an employment standpoint, but it can have very negative implications on your relationships with loved ones. It is estimated that approximately 10% of the population deals with depression either on a regular or seasonal basis and a staggering 80% of individuals suffering from depression struggle through without any medical treatment.
Depression not only affects the mood and self-confidence of the individual, but it can be a very complex issue for family members and friends to comprehend. It is incredibly common for loved ones to take the sadness, anger, frustration, and mood swings personally, and it can be very disappointing when their attempts to fix the situation are unsuccessful. Spouses and children are likely to feel responsible and partially at fault for producing the overwhelming roller coaster of emotions.
In the following paragraphs, I would like to discuss how husbands and wives who are dealing with depression, either with themselves or their spouse, can cope with this disorder. Statistics suggest that men and women who find themselves in this situation are nine times more likely to become divorced, primarily due to the emotional toll and consequences of unresolved depression. [Read more…]